ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Shelters have been set up at the Irvine First Baptist Church and Estill Springs Elementary. Emergency Management officials are asking people to stay off the roads in Estill County. Four people are currently staying overnight at Estill Springs Elementary.
A Donation Drop-Off Center opened at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Christian Worship Center on Broadway Street. You can also bring Items to Union Church and we’ll deliver them.
Items needed include:
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper)
- Cleaning supplies (gloves, Clorox, mops, brooms, rakes)
- Bottled Water
- Snack Foods (peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, pop tarts)
They ask that you do not bring clothing as Helping Hands Ministry has plenty of clothes.
Ravenna Christian Church on 7th street is also providing meals for families and workers in need.
56 years ago, their church was leveled by a storm. But Wednesday, it was untouched. Now they are serving those who weren’t as lucky.
Estill County Schools will be closed for the rest of the week due to the extreme storm damage in the Irvine and Ravenna communities.
Viewer photos show structural damage to multiple buildings including several restaurants and businesses. Emergency management is asking people to avoid the 500 Block of Broadway through 7th Street in Ravenna.
At least 20 homes have been destroyed and 75 have been damaged. At least 726 KU customers are still without power.
School officials say that Friday will be a staff work day for all employees and everyone should be at their work sites at 8:30 a.m.
School will be in session on Monday, March 6 on a regular schedule.
Storm survey teams say that winds reached between 90-100 mph near the Estill-Madison County line.