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Picturesque as they look, ice-covered trees are wreaking havoc across the region. Picturesque as they look, ice-covered trees are wreaking havoc across the region.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ice-covered tree limbs are the biggest hurdle for city crews trying to clean up and prevent hazards after Tuesday's winter storm.

Picturesque as they look, ice-covered trees are wreaking havoc across the region.

"There's a couple of roads blocked, some laying across sidewalks, just a bunch of limbs everywhere," said a lawn care worker in East Louisville.

Cold temperatures and high winds caused limbs and trees to come down on power lines, cars and even homes.

Near Iroquois Park, a tree came crashing down on one home and damaged another. The homeowner declined comment. Metro Parks said they were responding to a number of down trees in that area.

Metro Government says many crews are working 12 to 14-hour shifts to get the work done.

"The crew that came in at 7 a.m., left at 7 p.m. and they were replaced by a crew that went through the night," said Metro Public Works spokesman Harold Adams. "Our guys have done a pretty good job of getting it done."

In Metro Louisville, a "snow team" consisting of multiple city departments is working together to clear debris and prevent hazardous conditions. Tuesday night, Metro Parks took over tree cleanup so that public works could focus on roads.

"During the night last night, they were focusing on the trees so that other guys could stay in the trucks and keep salting," said Adams.

Power companies in both Kentucky and Indiana are "all hands on deck" as they try to efficiently restore power to thousands.

Through mutual aide partnerships, LG&E said they called in crews from other states to help.

With lots of frustration over outages, LG&E wants customers to remember, that the conditions are rough and they are working as fast as they can.

"Things like climbing polls, and dealing with equipment that are covered with ice. All of those things are factors in doing their job," said Natasha Collins of LG&E.

And they worry that it may not be over.

"With the temperatures expected to stay at or below freezing also the winds expected to pick up, there is the potential for additional outages to occur," said Collins.

That's also the worry for the lawn care worker we spoke with in East Louisville.

"There's a lot of ice, so a lot more could come down," he said. "I'm sure it will [come down] all day with the temperatures dropping."

More than 100 trees were reported across Metro Louisville by Wednesday afternoon.

On Clore Hill Road in Crestwood, you could hear the roar of generators on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents spent most of Wednesday waiting for power to return.

Melinda Bailey says they had a feeling before going to bed the night before that the ice could take a toll on them.

"Before we went to bed we had our cell phones for alarms and had flashlights and candles around the house," said Melinda Bailey.

Once she and her neighbors lost power, they took matters into their own hands, especially after dealing with the ice storm back in 2009.

"About 5 years ago during the big ice storm I bought a generator, so it's been faithful every year," said Bryan Conrady.

Conrady says once he lost power, he moved his generator to his backyard.

"Fortunately, I've got it run to my furnace so I'm not suffering too bad. I'm able to have heat, the heats on, the refrigerators on," Conrady said.

While Louisville Fire and Rescue says they want people to stay warm, they are reminding anyone using generators to be careful. They encourage them to keep them outdoors, and to make sure they are away from the home.

"Make sure that the exhaust is not coming into the home causing that carbon monoxide poisoning," said Captain Sal Melendez with Louisville Fire & Rescue.

They also urge you to turn off any electrical items, that may have been on at the time of the power outage to avoid a fire later on when the power returns.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday evening, LG&E was reporting that more than 1,800 customers in their area are without power. For a real-time display of LG&E power outages, click here.

Duke Energy was reporting a little more than 50 outages at the same time. For a list of those outages, click here.

Those numbers were down compared to early Wednesday afternoon. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, there were nearly 11,000 LG&E and Duke Energy customers without power.

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