Gilkey said there were several crews working to repair or replace transformers, fuses and power lines, as well as a full stuff manning the telephones in the affected counties so that “customers could talk to a live person.”
However, he didn’t know when power would be restored to those homes. “It’s too early to tell. At this point, it would just be a total guess,” Gilkey told the Cadiz Record on Tuesday morning.
Although the ice storm is predicted to be the worst in about a decade, according to the Kentucky State Police dispatch, their officers had not responded to any accidents in Trigg County as of Tuesday. Kim Wiggins of the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department dispatch also said that as of Tuesday morning, sheriff’s deputies had not responded to any such accidents.
Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said that there have been fewer accidents in the region than had been expected. “It looks like people paid attention to warnings not to travel unnecessarily, and most of those that did travel drove carefully,” said Todd.
Many roadways, including some major ones, have already been obstructed by broken tree branches and even downed trees as a result of the ice storm, but temperatures that hovered at or just above freezing late Tuesday morning helped KTC workers, who have been out since Monday, Jan. 26, pre-treating roadways, said Todd.
However, a large portion of the county had already lost power as of Tuesday morning, and Todd predicted that number would likely increase as temperatures dropped, since branches on the ice-laden trees would continue to bend and break.
There was also a power line that sagged due to ice at mile marker 55 on Interstate 24 near the Trigg-Caldwell line late on Tuesday morning, slowing traffic in that area, Todd said.