Kentucky Storm Update: Crews Working to Clear Debris

Some roadways in tornado-hit western Kentucky are still being cleared, and The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Mayfield-Graves County Regional Emergency Operations Center are urging travelers to avoid downtown Mayfield for the remainder of the week. Kentucky Storm Update: Crews Working to Clear Debris

KYTC crews are working to clear debris on roadways and highways across 11 counties. Both local travel and commercial vehicle, including oversize load travel, is affected. 

Roads that are still impassable (as of the morning of 12/14/21) include:

  • In Hopkins County, US 41 between Mortons Gap and Earlington
  • In Caldwell County, KY 293 and KY 278 near the UK Agriculture Research Center east of Princeton
  • In Christian County, US 41 inside Pembroke city limits

Transportation crews are also working along the following:

  • Southbound lanes of U.S. 45/ 8th Street between James Street and KY 80/Broadway
  • Section of U.S. 45 north of the downtown area

Traffic will be required to detour via side streets creating additional opportunity for gridlock in the downtown area.

All other routes are passable but may still be covered in debris–possibly including fallen power lines. KYTC recommends that motorists avoid these areas due to potential hazards and the need for relief efforts to have access.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued an emergency order that allows truck drivers providing disaster relief exemption from hours of service, weight station checks and certain IRP requirements. The official order can be viewed here

The tornado outbreak Friday that killed at least 88 people in five states — 74 of them in Kentucky — cut a path of devastation that stretched from Arkansas, where a nursing home was destroyed, to Illinois, where an Amazon distribution center was heavily damaged.