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County recovering from storm’s effects

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

Carroll County wasn’t spared in last week’s snow-and-ice storm, which battered most of the eastern half of the United States that started with snow Monday, followed by sleet and freezing rain – then more snow – Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The ice did the worst damage, bringing down trees and power lines and leaving 1,234 Carroll County customers of Owen Electric Cooperative without power. Co-op officials said service was restored Monday evening, Feb. 2, to all 18,000 customers who lost power.

A half dozen customers of Kentucky Utilities lost power during the storm, too, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said Tuesday.  

Only about 25 county customers of Shelby Rural Electric Co-op remained without power as of Tuesday, according to a Shelby news release.

Power companies brought utility crews from other states to help repair damage to power lines throughout the county. Electrical contractors from the region also helped restore power.

“We were grateful to get that help,” Tomlinson said.

Though many surrounding counties declared Level I and Level II emergencies, Tomlinson said he resisted because he didn’t want to hinder anyone from driving to the store or to work, if they needed to go.

Though temperatures in the 50s melted some of the ice and snow in the county, new snowfall Tuesday morning led Carroll County schools to cancel classes. Schools have been closed since Monday, Jan. 26, because of weather.

Superintendent Lisa James said Tuesday she intends to propose three make-up days to the Board of Education at it’s Feb. 12 meeting.

So far this year, the district has cancelled school for a total of eight days. James  wants to use President’s Day, Feb. 16; March 6, a cancelled professional development day for teachers; and May 19, primary election day, to make up time.

Otherwise, last day of school could be pushed well into June.

“It’s not good to miss this much school, but with the weather conditions, safety comes first,” James said.

James said she and superintendents in surrounding counties talk about 5 a.m. when bad weather is forecast to warn about hazardous conditions and help each other decide whether to close.

Even though school was closed Tuesday, James wanted to thank the state and county road departments for all their hard work trying to get roads cleared for buses.