Trees were down across roads and power was out for residents around the county Friday night, as a severe storm moved across the Lake Cumberland area.
Road crews for the county worked throughout the weekend and workers from South Kentucky RECC spent hours restoring power to rural residents.
Wayne County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson and fiscal court members met early Monday morning and declared a local state of emergency.
The declaration may provide them some help with funding as they continue to deal with storm damage. It also allows the county to bypass bid requirements and to hire additional contract labor for storm debris removal.
Anderson noted that there have been no reports of anyone being injured in Friday's storm and the majority of reports they have received involved wind and tree damage. There was some damage to structures.
The county road crew went to work clearing roads as soon as possible on Friday night and continued to work throughout the day Saturday. Anderson added that crews also spent much of the day Sunday clearing debris.
Initially, the local 911 dispatch center received reports of at least 36 trees down in various sections of the county.
More reports were made later as people got up the next morning and discovered damage to their property.
Anderson said that he has driven through many of the damaged areas in the county and said that the Cumberland Ridge area was probably the one that suffered the heaviest damage.
South Kentucky RECC reported that at approximately 11 p.m. Friday, about 11,500 customers were without power in the Lake Cumberland area. That included more than 3,000 customers in Wayne County.
Many were without power for hours and Anderson stated Monday that there were still a few customers who had not had their power restored that morning.