Among the officials in attendance were Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander, Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark, and Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries, who spoke before the attendees to give thanks to those that helped out, including those that weren’t able to attend the reception.
“It was a unique circumstance,” Humphries said. “But I think that our community shined through this whole thing, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful to those people who played an integral role in … ongoing day-to-day operations and recovery efforts.”
Humphries said that the community and local government learned many important lessons from the ice storm that will help everyone in the area better prepare for emergencies in the future.
Both Alexander and Clark said that their respective departments saw no noticeable increase in crime during the storm, and both added that welfare checks comprised a large portion of their calls that week.
“We ran a lot of routine patrols to make sure nobody was off in a ditch, and tried to help people, and we … delivered food to some places,” Alexander said.
The main priority for the sheriff’s department, as well as other local agencies, was to make sure people were okay until utilities, such as power and water, were restored, said Clark.
Kim Wiggins, 911 services director, said 911 services were never down during the storm. The 911 operators took more than 3,000 calls, when at the same time last year they took roughly 650 calls, according to Wiggins, who added the former number doesn’t include radio traffic, as every emergency response was out during the storm.
“We just kept the 911 center running at full capacity,” Wiggins said.
A local insurance representative said the insurance company received more than 300 claims that week, when the number of claims they generally get in a week hover in the single digits.
Two members of the tri-county Amateur Radio Emergency Services, or ARES, were present, and said they covered the ice storm when most other sources were out of commission, working with various EOCs as well as fire and police departments. Tri-county ARES serves Trigg, Caldwell and Lyon Counties.
Also in attendance were law enforcement officers from the police department, sheriff’s department and the Kentucky State Police Department.
A document passed around during the reception indicated that volunteers in the county collectively worked more than 2,500 hours during the ice storm, a number that includes rescue volunteers, Emergency Operations Committee staff, volunteer fire departments, volunteers that came through the EOC and others.
According to calculations in said document, had the volunteers been paid, they would have been collectively paid almost $43,000.
The event was organized by Chamber Members Becky Boggess, Brenda Southwick and Chamber President John Durden, and Trigg County Homemakers provided the refreshments.