Floyd County appears to have been spared the worst of the “Frankenstorm” borne out of Hurricane Sandy, with little-to-no in the valleys and just a few inches of accumulation in the higher elevations.
Weather forecasters had been predicting that Floyd County and the rest of Eastern Kentucky would likely see some effect from the combination of a winter storm and Hurricane Sandy, with the potential for heavy snow and wind making power outages likely in some areas.
Kentucky Power reported that 450 Floyd County customers lost power, as of noon Tuesday. That number had dropped to 157 by 5 p.m. Crews were working on the problem at that time.
Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall said the county had not seen any major problems from the storm, other than typical snow issues in the southern end of the county. He said up to 6 inches of snow fell on Abner Mountain.
Marshall said snow might not be the only problem the county faces. Heavy rain could also cause some flooding. But the judge remained confident the county is prepared for whatever happens.
“I think we’re well prepared to handle anything that comes our way,” Marshall said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Marshall said he has spoken to Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad Captain Tim Cooley, who has told him that the rescue squad has emergency vehicles, generators and the swift-water rescue team on standby, in the event the county experiences flooding or power outages.