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Cleanup continues day after storms

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Louisville, Ky (WDRB) -- Winds topping 60 miles per hour and up to an inch of rain in some areas made for a mess throughout Jefferson county.

At Rural/Metro Ambulance on Gilmore Industrial Boulevard, a brick wall came crashing down crushing one car and severely damaging another. Their garage area is completely exposed, but they say they are happy to be alive and operational.

"I went out to the garage, saw the dust, light coming in where it normally doesn't come in, and then I saw the car under all the wall debris," said John Hultgren of Rural/Metro. The people normally called on in times of emergency, were all of sudden in need of help themselves. "The Chief was over there and he very graciously offered us any help he could offer and we took him up on it."

After their home base was ripped open in the heat of the storm, Rural/Metro Ambulance grabbed as many supplies as they could and set up shop at the Camp Taylor Fire Department.

The ambulance service is now using a mobile command center loaned to them by another fire department as their dispatch center. They're taking calls through cell phones instead of land line, and keeping track of their ambulances and drivers on a white board instead of a computer. Hultgren says service has not been affected. "I do not believe there has been any impact on our response."

Meanwhile, LG&E was in full response mode Thursday, trying to restore power to thousands of customers. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, 4,600 people were without power.

"Anytime you have that heavy situation where the ground is already moist, trees easily up-root, knocking limbs down that are full of leaves, that really does some damage to our systems," said Chris Whelan of LG&E.

And nearly 24 hours later, it is easy to find the unlucky ones. James Maloney of the Windy Hills neighborhood has power, but many around him do not. "My dad lives next door, his power still out, the neighbors next door the powers still out, and across the street you can hear a generator running."

Maloney says he is just happy to be alive and without serious damage to his home. "When you have big trees and old trees, you never know, you just say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best."

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