'Sightseers' hampering rescue efforts amid damage in southern Kenton County, official say

03/03/2012 02:22 PM

PINER — Tornado tourists blocked roads and were “hampering” efforts to help victims of Friday’s powerful storms that ripped apart homes in the southern Kenton County community of Piner.

Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus urged those who have no business in the neighborhoods affected by the storm to stay away so crews could do their jobs.

“We have a lot of sightseers who are hampering all the efforts of the rescue squads that are out there,” Arlinghaus said.

Officials confirmed three people died in the storms Friday night. And Saturday, emergency and utility crews began what is sure to be a long process of putting the community back together.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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