[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/weather/01/30/winter.weather/art.icestorm2.irpt.jpg caption="iReporter Dwight Stanley of Louisville, Kentucky supplied this photo of conditions on the ground in storm-ravaged Kentucky."]
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) - Kentucky's governor is praising the Obama administration's prompt reaction to the fierce wintry weather that slammed his state.
"They really hit the ground running," said Steve Beshear, interviewed by CNN. "They're working very hard to get all the equipment and supplies here that we need."
Crews have been working to restore power and water service to hundreds of thousands of people. Beshear said that while he realizes "nothing moves fast enough," he said the federal assistance "has been a great help to us so far."
Beshear, a Democrat, explained that when the first wave of bad weather came through on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, officials realized that they needed additional help.
"I called the White House directly at that time. I had my other folks talking to FEMA, but I went straight to the top because we needed fast help," he said.
He said he spoke to the director of intergovernment relations and said she walked Kentucky's paperwork through. He said President Obama called him and told him he was announcing an emergency declaration for the state.
"I can't tell you how appreciative we were," the governor said. "He not only expressed his concern, but he obviously had the Kentuckians in his thoughts and prayers, and he communicated that to us."
Beshear noted that forecasters are warning of another storm front heading to the region early next week.
"If we do, we're putting out that word to the White House and FEMA right now, we're going to need even more help," he said.