Hazard, Kentucky (WYMT) – Disasters are nothing new to Kentuckians.
But sub-zero temperatures were a new story.
“We had a travel trailer in western Kentucky last winter and never experienced any major major problems,” said Colonel Jeremy Slinker, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management.
Cold weather measures had already been applied to campers, but the freeze forced officials to create new plans A and B in case it hit.
Colonel Jeremy Slinker said, “As this storm approached, we asked our maintenance contractors to reconsider our winter protection. Make sure we didn’t need to add any additional insulation.” Told.
They stockpiled water bottles and antifreeze for flood survivors, but at one point campers became unsafe and some were unable to stay, prompting local first responders to step up.
“It was the[Kentucky]Fish & Wildlife and[Kentucky]State Police 4×4. said.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park was ready to host survivors over Christmas weekend.
Christmas wasn’t the same for many, but the flood survivors were able to return to their campers a few days later with some success.
“Seventy-two hours after the disaster, we can say that freezing temperatures started to rise, but all the travel trailer sites and travel trailers were in pre-disaster conditions,” says Slinker.
Col. Slinker also said officials will use what they learned from the freeze for the next natural disaster.
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