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News Release

(Update) Significant Weather Event (SWE) in Fulton County

Date of News Release: 3/10/2017

HICKMAN, Ky.–Below are a list of updates:

Highway 125 in the city of Hickman is closed.

An emergency operations center (EOC) has been established, with Fulton County Emergency Management Director Hugh Caldwell as the Incident Commander. The EOC is located at the Fulton County Office Building, 2210 Myron Cory Drive, Hickman, Kentucky. Phone lines are not operational at the EOC, so anyone with information is asked to report it in person at the EOC.

Numerous homes, several businesses, two government buildings, and a cemetery sustained heavy damage.

Judge Executive Jim Martin has signed a Declaration of Local State of Emergency.

Kentucky Office of Emergency Management is on scene and will be conducting damage assessment for several days.

The American Red Cross has established a shelter at the First Methodist Church, on the corner of Church Street and Wellington Street.

The National Weather Service are expected to arrive on scene this morning.

There still are no injuries or deaths reported associated with this SWE.

Officials are asking the public to remain out of the area if at all possible. Numerous power lines are down and could present a hazard. If or when the EOC determines a need for volunteers, they will release a reporting location.

The following statement has been prepared by Fulton County Office of Emergency Management concerning contractors: “In response to the storm that hit Fulton County and the City of Hickman, an emergency home repair program to prevent fly-by-night home improvement contractors from preying on storm victims has been established. All contractors are to register with the Fulton County Fiscal Court and the City of Hickman and undergo a background check prior to doing business in the affected area. Approved contractors will be issued placards which must be displayed on their job sites. Applications are available at the Fulton County Office Building, 2210 Myron Cory Drive, Hickman, Ky. There is no fee to register.”

A briefing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Fulton County Office Building, and is open to the news media.