|By Dennis Brown
working to clean up and make repairs following the ice storm of February 15-16 are
continuing to make progress in their efforts.
Dense fog over the weekend hampered some of the efforts but workers continued going
about their tasks of getting utilities restored.
National Guard units had assisted county and city workers, fire department, law
enforcement and medical workers, but have since returned to their base. Local volunteers
continued to fill several roles as needed, from volunteering at emergency shelters to
helping out their neighbors.
An emergency shelter located at Lewis County High School closed and county schools
reopened on regular schedules Monday.
A boil water advisory remained in effect for customers in the Garrison, Vanceburg and
Salt Like areas.
Utility companies reported that power had been restored to nearly all their respective
customers and crews were beginning to go back and make permanent repairs where they had
earlier made temporary fixes in efforts to get power restored as quickly as possible.
Any resident remaining without electricity should contact their electric provider. A
spokesman with Fleming-Mason Energy said some residences had damage to their meter base to
masthead and added that damage could not be repaired by the utility company. Persons
having such damage should contact a private electrician to arrange for repairs.
Vanceburg Mayor W.T. Cooper said many relief services are available and assistance is
also available for those who need help.
An emergency number has been established for those needing assistance from the services
based in the city building and for those who need to contact Vanceburg Utilities. That
number is 606-796-2784.
That number can also be used to find out where bottled water is available in your area.
Several area fire departments are continuing to assist in efforts to get things
returned to normal and provide assistance to their areas.
Attorney General Ben Chandler said his office has had several unconfirmed reports of
dramatic price increases on various products and services in the wake of the ice storm.
Al Owens/Lewis County Herald
City employee Rick Holt waves at the camera and smiles while
cleaning away trees that fell across the street and onto the house at Spencer Lane and
Missionary Drive in Vanceburg.
"While many citizens have offered freely of their time and efforts to assist those
in need, it appears that some individuals may be seizing upon this disaster to take
advantage of those in need in order to pad their own pockets," he said.
"We have unconfirmed reports of increased prices being charged for hotel rooms,
chain saw rentals, generators, firewood and plumbing services," he added.
Chandler said his office is investigating all reports of exorbitant price increases and
is taking them very seriously. He said he is also concerned about the "fly by
night" contractors or "storm chasers" coming in and taking advantage of
He urges consumers to be very cautious when hiring contractors for home or electrical
repairs or tree removal. Contractors performing jobs with a contract price of $1,500 or
more are required to provide a written contract.
Citizens can report apparent unfair practices to the Attorney General's office at
888-432-9257 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by visiting www.kyattorneygeneral.com on the Internet.
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Ice Storm 2003.