Friday, January 30, 2009

BIG Ice Storm in Paducah

As many of you know since Paducah has been on the national news -- we have had a major ice storm and the AQS office and most of our homes are without electricity and telephone service. Even our cell phones have been out and are just now coming back up.

The ice has damaged trees and utility lines all over the state of Kentucky. More than 400,000 households were without electrical service. Crews from other states have now joined our local utilities to restore that power. The National Guard has been called in to help remove trees that are blocking roads.

When I left the office on Tuesday about 3:00 p.m., our power had gone out and our office telephone system was out too. Even as we worked on Tuesday, we could hear the trees cracking and falling to the ground. That has continued, and branches are still falling. Last night one limb tore our phone box off our house. The temperatures have only gotten into the 20's each day so the ice hasn't started to melt yet.

If you are trying to register for the Paducah Quilt Show, we cannot currently receive your registrations. The online registration is not working, our fax machine is not working, and we are not at the office. Watch this Blog for more information when we are back up to power and can take your phone calls and registrations.

Bonnie Browning - writing to you from the Paducah Library, which has had its power and phone lines restored. Stay warm wherever you are...we have having some challenges in doing that.

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