Wide spread power outages as 2nd ice storm hits region

Feb 16, 2021

Power crews staged at Pike Central High School ahead of the snow storm last week.
Credit AEP

State and local road crews are working to clear mostly covered roads in ne Kentucky today.  Downed trees made several roads in Elliott, Carter, Rowan, and Boyd counties impassable.

According to the Kentucky transportation cabinet district 9, roads are partly to mostly covered in Rowan, Bath, Nicholas, Fleming, Mason, Lewis, and Greenup Counties. Crews are making progress toward clearer travel lanes, especially on i-64 and high priority routes, but slick conditions remain.

Rowan County officials say they have enough salt to manage the current weather emergency, and are awaiting a delivery of additional salt from a company under contract.  Around 2,500 people were without power throughout the county Tuesday morning.

In Elliott County, crews are cutting trees and treating ky 7 to keep it passable. all other roads are assumed to be blocked by downed trees and power lines. According to utility companies, nearly the entire county is without power.

In Carter County, crews have kept i-64 and the aa highway open, while all other routes are believed to be blocked by power lines and trees. the city of grayson is without power, and outage reports show more than 90 percent of the county is without power.

In Boyd County, main routes such as i-64, ky 180 to us 60 to downtown ashland, us 23, and the Ohio river bridges are open as crews concentrate on keeping them passable. All other routes appear impassable by downed trees and power lines.

State highway crews will remain out in force today, plowing and treating roads and removing downed trees. All roads remain slick and hazardous. Travel is not advised.

For real-time traffic information, to view traffic cams, or to keep up with state snowfighters in each county, visit http://goky.ky.gov.