Ice, limbs force closures of roads, schools, businesses

Many Central Kentucky roads were block by of downed trees or power lines Wednesday. State Highway District 7 Engineer James Ballinger said that 145 crews were working around the clock in Fayette and the 12 surrounding counties to clear trees and power lines from state roads. The National Guard will be helping clean up downed trees and limbs in Mercer, Boyle, Garrard and Madison counties, where some of the worst damage occurred.

Roads won't be completely clear for several days. "We're still facing a wide spread problems," Ballinger said.

In Fayette County Wednesday afternoon, 40 intersections were without working stoplights because of power outages, said Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the mayor. Two to three dozen roads in Lexington were still blocked or partially blocked.

On Wednesday morning, the city reported high water, slush and icy stretches on its roads. Subdivisions in particular were hazardous, according to the city's online traffic report. Portions of major roads were also closed. By afternoon, the biggest problems were slick streets and dark stoplights.

The storm led to many closings, including schools, the University of Kentucky, other colleges and day cares. Transylvania University canceled classes and its men's and women's basketball games. Many businesses and some government services, like the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Lexington Public Library, closed as well.

Several post offices were closed Wednesday because of power problems, said Susan Wright, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in Lexington. The main office on Nandino Boulevard closed at noon because of power problems. Carriers were delivering mail, but Wright could not guarantee that all customers would get their mail.

"It's kind of treacherous out there for them, both driving routes and walking routes," she said.

LexTran was operating on its snow plan. Those stops are marked with a snowflake.

In some cases, buses have not been able to get to snowflake stops because of downed trees or power lines, said Dave Riggins, spokesman for the bus service. LexTran used shuttle buses to those stops.

LexTran will remain on its snow plan until Thursday morning, when administrators will re-evaluate situation, Riggins said.

The Valley View Ferry is not in service until further notice.