Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says his state has a long way to go before they fully recover from last week's massive ice storm.
The harsh weather has continued to cripple the blue grass state, with thousands of its residents still without electricity, Monday. So far, 40 deaths nationwide have been blamed on the storm.
"This has been the broadest and the biggest disaster, really in modern times in Kentucky," Beshear said. "It's going to be a long haul for us. There is so much work to do, but we've got a whole lot of people at it."
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Over the weekend, Beshear ordered the largest National Guard call-up in Kentucky history to help restore power and clean up debris. Guardsmen from as far away as Florida reported to help out.
OB Acts Fast
Operation Blessing also mobilized to the state to provide heat, food, and other supplies to residents.
An OB truck delivered kerosene heaters and fuel to Muhlenberg County, Ky., Monday morning. A truck with nearly 18,000 pounds of food will also arrive in Kentucky, Tuesday. The Christian charity had been administering supplies to states affected by the storm since Friday.
OB representative Jody Herrrington told CBN News they were able to get aid to Kentucky residents within 24 hours of the first call for help from state officials.
She recounted the stories of grateful residents there, including a man who'd welcomed eight people into his small home before OB arrived.
"He said he didn't know what he would have done without Operation Blessing providing the heater," Herrington recalled.
"The people Operation Blessing is able to help during times of disaster are people who are well-deserving [and] critical in need," she added.
Local Churches in Need
OB has been partnering with Second Baptist Church in Muhlenberg County, which is serving as a shelter for hundreds of residents who left their freezing homes in search of warmth.
Since last Wednesday, the church has been providing three meals a day to those who show up. At first, supplies were low and residents could only take cold showers.
In response, OB bought the church a propane tank for hot water, along with paper products, plates, and a deep freezer to continue providing meals.
OB also sent aid to Missouri and has partnered with officials in both states to help with emergency management transportation.