All throughout the county, and around the region, the ice storm resulted in major power outages, and some were left without power for weeks or longer, although power for most in the county was restored within about two weeks.
Trigg County was set to receive $362,000 worth or reimbursement money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which it received in late December, said Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries. Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said more reimbursement money is on the way, although she didn’t know exactly how much to expect.
Humphries said he thinks the county is better prepared for an ice storm, should one happen again this year or in the future, and called the storm “a real-life training exercise” that will help the county prepare better than a table-top exercise.
“We are better aware of what we need to do in the future,” Humphries said. “The ice storm gelled and united rescue and volunteer efforts, and with hard work we were able to recover.”
Cadiz was the only city in Western Kentucky that opted out of the state’s cleanup program, and added that the road department’s cleanup work was nearing completion, Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said last year.
Some people in the city were temporarily put to work and the city received some new equipment as a result of the ice storm, and the city will be reimbursed for 87 percent of the cleanup costs, Bailey said.
Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said the city received $131,709 in reimbursement from FEMA for ice storm damage cleanup. The city’s firewood program at the city garage, wherein people could get free firewood, was a great success, Fowler said last year.
The National Weather Service has predicted what it calls a “potential winter weather event” for Thursday and Friday for Trigg County and western Kentucky, southeast Missouri and the southern tip of Illinois.
Starting tonight, a cold front is expected to move through, with precipitation starting out as rain, although it could mix with a light amount of sleet or snow, with “moderate” or even “appreciable” accumulation possible starting Thursday night and Friday, the NWS stated.