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Disaster relief team in the area to help with clean-up efforts

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By The Staff

A Southern Baptist disaster relief team from South Carolina is in Marion County today to assist with removal of tree limbs throughout the county.   Steve Chrisman of the relief team spoke with the Marion County Fiscal Court yesterday. He said the team will focus first on assisting the elderly and people with disabilities. The team members are willing to help anyone, but they start with those who have the greatest need for assistance. Chrisman added that their service is free. There is no charge for them to help.   To learn more about the team, call Hayden Johnson at (270) 699-5968 or emergency management at 692-6666.   Marion County Emergency Management Director Kenny Blair added that shelter will be provided until the crisis in the aftermath of the ice storm is over. For shelter information, call 692-6666.   City Administrator John Thomas said their may be businesses in the area offering to clean up debris for a fee. If people are going to hire someone, Thomas said property owners in Lebanon should make sure they have the proper insurance and a license from the city.   Sharon P. Clark, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Insurance, said consumers should deal only with reputable companies and should ask for proof of general liability and workers' compensation insurance. The Better Business Bureau said it can be a source of information about businesses.

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A reminder on debris removal:

In the City of Lebanon:  Tree limbs should be placed near the curb or near the sidewalk. Please be careful not to block sidewalks or water meters. Limbs should be a maximum of four inches in diameter. Length is not as important, but limbs should be small enough that they can be picked up by one person. City Administrator John Thomas said the city will arrange for the limbs to be picked up, but it may be weeks or even months before they can get to everyone. Earlier this week, the city council decided to seek proposals from private contractors willing to help with the pick up. Regardless of who picks up the limbs on behalf of the city, they will not come onto private property to clean up limbs, according to Thomas. Thomas also warned people to make sure their aren't any downed power lines in their limbs before working on them.

In other parts of Marion County: Tree limbs should placed in the right of way, but no in the street. As with the city, it may take some time before county crews can pick up all the limbs.  Also as with the city, county crews will not come onto private property to pick up limbs.

For anyone who would like their limbs removed sooner than city or county crews can get to them, tree limbs can be taken to county's transfer station on Fairground Road or the landfill. For other drop-off points, call the county judge/executive's office at (270) 692-3451.

To report a downed power line, call Kentucky Utilities at (800) 981-0600 or Inter County Energy at 692-3761, (888)266-7322 or (866) 224-2235.

Kentucky Utilities is reporting that is has "minimal" outages remaining Marion County and 20,000 outages statewide (with the highest concentration in the Earlington area). According to Inter County's website, it has 1,300 customers without power in Marion County.

Crews are working throughout Inter County's 12-county coverage area to restore power, to tap lines and to replace broken poles and re-string lines, Inter-County reported. Here is where Inter County reported its crews will be working today: STRINGTOWN AREA GEORGE EDLEN TO HOLY CROSS PETERSON RD - SETTING POLE ST ROSE RD SAM BROWNING RD AREA RAYWICK RD AREA WIMSETT, CLELL MATTINGLY RD AREAS SCOTTS RDG - MAPLES - SALOMA BARBERS MILL RD AREA JIMTOWN, SIMSTOWN GENE HUNT, JAMES HUNT, LARRY HUNT RDS SAM BROWNING - COWHERD DANVILLE HWY, RILEY RD, BEECH FORK RDS

KU also would like customers to keep in mind the following information regarding masthead/connection safety. KU will install and maintain electric distribution lines, poles, transformers and neutral lines within our rights of way and the service drop or wire carrying electricity from our lines to the masthead on your home or business. Property owners are responsible for the masthead and meter socket to your home or business. KU added that additional telephone and cable lines are repaired and maintained by the local service providers.