Regional
7:48 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Beshear Signs Order Expediting Emergency Relief

Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order directing the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to expedite the transportation of emergency supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy. The order directs the cabinet to waive special registration and permit requirements for vehicles carrying relief supplies such as food, water and medicine.

The waiver also applies to utility vehicles that are responding to power outages or removing debris.

Although the response vehicles do not have to pay permit fees for oversized or overweight vehicles, they still must obtain permits for route verification.

Beshear said in a news release that after responding to a series of weather disasters as governor, he knows that quick action is critical to recovery efforts.

A winter storm warning continues through Wednesday morning for the eastern counties of Harlan, Letcher, and Pike. The National Weather Service office is predicting snow will continue to fall through Tuesday night at elevations of 2,000 feet.

The snow may be heavy at times and accumulations of between 6 and 12 inches are expected.