Ice Storm hits Owensboro, Ky coupled with widespread power outages

Real Estate Agent with Maverick Realty

The great ice storm hits Owensboro KY

Owensboro, Kentucky has experienced one of the worst ice storms in its history.  It paralyzed the area because of ice, snow and the the widespread power outages which has left many without heat, water and electricity, or phone.  Many families had to scramble for shelter and were iced in for days.  It is amazing just how much we tend to take the simple luxuries of life for granted. (at least I know I did)

My family was very lucky that our gas log fireplace worked rather well and we were able to keep warm.  We had flashlights and batteries, and hurricane lamps. We spent five evenings listening to the radio to keep abreast of what was going on in Owensboro and listening to 102 which was a great christian radio station. I certainly did NOT miss the TV, but I think my husband did!    


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Another thing that was interesting is that many places could only accept cash as their computers were down and banks were closed.  Be sure to keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies!  I tried to find batteries and there were no C or D cells to be found!  I went ahead and ordered some from the internet today, just to be safe.  A generator is next on the list. Unfortunately, there are still many in Owensboro and the surrounding areas with out power.  I know that as late this afternoon, my office, Home Realty GMAC was still without power! I would have thought that they would be up and running before me!  It just goes to show you that Kenergy and OMU do the very best they can in these trying times.  I am just thankful that it only took them 5 days before our powere was restored. It could have take much longer. So go on and get out there and make sure you have what you need on hand in case of an emergency!  Get those flashlights, and battery operated coleman lanterns, plenty of flashlights, bottled water, non perishable food items, maybe even a generator if at all possible.  It is as easy as ordering over the internet and getting it delivered right to your front door.  It just doesn't get any easier than that!  Being prepared is always best!   

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The Great Ice Storm hits Owensboro, KY ~ January 2009 Vickie McCartney,Realtor Home Realty GMAC Real Estate Ownesboro,KY 270-315-5354

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Vickie McCartney, Realtor, Broker Associate, ABR,~ Maverick Realty, Owensboro, KY


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Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Vickie, We went through that a few years ago and while the pictures were gorgeous the destruction was fierce. Glad your power is restored.

Feb 04, 2009 10:33 PM #6
Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY

Great photos!  I'm glad this one is behind us.

Feb 06, 2009 02:09 PM #7
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Connie~ You and me both.  I am so glad to see it GO! 

Feb 06, 2009 02:54 PM #8
Teresa Berry
Seattle, WA

Vickie what an experience! and not a pleasant one for the most part...but that you had a way to keep warm is truly a blessing! so thankful right along-with-you for that! I can't imagine 5 days without power in freezing weather - what a way to put some perspective into simple pleasures, that otherwise would be taken for granted. brrr

Three Cheers for a stock of batteries too! :)

Feb 06, 2009 06:17 PM #9
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Vickie, you took some gorgeous photos! Plus you got some quality quiet time with your husband. I'm glad that you now have power and all the comforts of a modern home :-)

Feb 09, 2009 08:15 AM #10
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Vickie, I just wanted to stop back to tell you that these pictures would make great Christmas cards or winter marketing pictures!

Feb 09, 2009 11:12 AM #11
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Vickie, I know you had storms come through yesterday...I have a friend in Louisville that was concerned about losing power AGAIN.  I hope you came through it okay!

Feb 12, 2009 01:25 AM #12
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Vickie, Oh my goodness. That's terrible. Not a story you'd here in our state.  It must be absolutely freezing with no power at all.  I hope that all are well.

Feb 12, 2009 01:31 AM #13
Cheryl Frei - Realtor® & e-Pro Certified Realtor®
Elite Realty - Absarokee, Montana and Billings, Montana - Absarokee, MT

Vickie - It look so cold there! I like your pictures!

Feb 12, 2009 04:59 AM #14
Brian & Marie Spray - Action Realty Group - Frisco, TX
Frisco TX Realtors

Vickie, your pictures remind me of a time when I was young - I think in '76 (back in the day!) when we had a huge ice storm in Madison WI.  I took many pictures of the ice with my little Kodak X 15 or whatever it was called.  We had no power for several days but I remember we still went to school. Here in Texas if there's a chance of ice during any particular evening that's all the entire 10:00 news will be about and the next day you can bet most schools will be closed!  Times and places sure have changed!  You offer great advice as to how to be prepared for an emergency. Events like yours tend to creep up and bite us on the rear!

Boy Scout Motto - Be Prepared!


Feb 12, 2009 05:39 AM #15
The Rains Team
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Hoschton, GA
A higher standard in real estate

Vickie: Great tips on how to be prepared for an ice storm--even GA gets them sometimes (very rarely) but it's important to have the necessary supplies on hand. I know ice storms are dangerous but they sure are beautiful aren't they?! Great pictures!

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

Feb 12, 2009 08:36 AM #16
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Vickie, These photos are awesome.  The snow looks so beautiful but I'm glad we don't have any here. :-)

Feb 12, 2009 02:51 PM #17
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Vickie.

I see this is your most recent post. Hope all is well with you and yours, and that all will be back to normal soon so that you can get back to Playing in the Rain with us.

Feb 13, 2009 07:47 AM #18
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Those are some frame worthy photos---you really captured the power of Mother Nature.

Feb 14, 2009 12:45 PM #19
Cindy Crutcher
Lawrenceburg KY Foreclosures & Government Owned Properties - Lawrenceburg, KY
Real Estate Broker - Exit Realty Crutcher Lawrenceburg KY

Great pictures!  I am sure glad that we are through that storm and praying we don't have anymore this year of for a few to come.  Send me your referrals from Owensboro!  Is the barbacue still good as ever down there?  I haven't been down since KAR was there in 2006 or 2007.  Hope you have a great real estate year.

Feb 15, 2009 02:17 PM #20
Dan Hartman
Province Mortgage Associates - NMLS #2861 - Providence, RI

Wow, Vickie, those pictures are great! I hope things are getting back to normal now.


Feb 17, 2009 05:50 AM #21
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Vickie - It's so hard for me to believe sometimes that winter exists, it was 70 and sunny today.  Please stay warm...  The photos were amazing.

Feb 17, 2009 11:46 AM #22
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/ - Concord, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

Hi Vickie,

Sounds like an ordeal!!

Back in 2003, we had an ice storm here that put the electricity out for 3 days. I was up in NY in a blizzard with my son while my wife was home with my two little girls and her mother. Thankfully, like you, they had the gas fireplaces to keep them warm.

Love the photos!!

Feb 17, 2009 12:17 PM #23
Vanessa V. Simmons
Real Living HER - Columbus, OH

For something so distructive the pictures sure are beautiful

Feb 22, 2009 02:04 AM #24
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Vickie, yikes, that does not sound like any fun at all.  I'm glad I don't have to worry about storms like this since moving to AZ in 1996.  The worst we may get is the temperature drops to below freezing and some plants die.  Your pics really captured the essense of the situation.

Feb 25, 2009 04:27 AM #25
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