Highways, road closures in McCracken Co. remain in place for tornado recovery work

A state of emergency was declared in McCracken County due to tornado damage.
A state of emergency was declared in McCracken County due to tornado damage.(KFVS)
Published: Mar. 7, 2023 at 12:07 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2023 at 10:05 AM CDT
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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - Due to ongoing tornado recovery work in the Freemont area, several highways and county roads will remain closed.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, traffic restrictions will remain in place along sections of KY 994/Old Mayfield Road and KY 348/Hardmoney Road.

Daytime closures are expected to last through Friday, March 17.

While some parts of the recovery effort are winding down, they say others are ramping up.

This week crews are picking up construction debris along state highways

Several county roads in the Freemont area continue to be closed from time to time to help with the work.

According to KYTC, access to the area continues to be limited to local residents and personnel specifically involved in recovery activities.

They said through traffic is highly discouraged as it interferes with ongoing recovery efforts and creates a hazard for workers and volunteer groups.

KYTC said delays continue to be common as numerous utility restoration crews work in the area.

Volunteer groups have been working to help local residents with debris removal.

They said about 300 volunteers were expected last weekend in Freemont to go community-wide picking up litter and small debris scattered by the EF2 tornado.

According McCracken County Emergency Management, a total of 68 homes were damaged and five homes were destroyed in Freemont by an EF2 tornado.