About 1000 Kentucky National Guard troops have been mobilized to help affected areas of the state recover from this week’s crippling ice storm. Colonel Phil Miller says he expects the number of troops needed will continue to grow as Guard personnel clear roads and reach more isolated areas. Miller says the troops are performing numerous tasks.
“The missions right now are road clearance. We also have soldiers that are transporting water. And then initially we were putting a lot of generators out, supporting critical installations. And the priority there was going to power nursing homes as well as critical care medical facilities,” says Miller.
Miller says western and southern Kentucky have suffered the most damage. Some cell phone towers have been damaged in the region, making communications even more difficult.