City working to clear roads; Mayor advises residents to be cautious and aware of weather conditions

February 04, 2022

Mayor Greg Fischer is advising residents to use extreme caution if they must leave their residences for work or other essential travel as Louisville remains under an Ice Storm Warning until Friday morning.

“As we’ve been saying, the freezing rain and dropping temperatures could create dangerous road conditions, potential power outages and more,” said the Mayor. “That’s why I’m again asking everyone to stay home as much as possible during this period of dangerous weather.”


The multi-agency Snow Team, led by Metro Public Works under the leadership of Director Vanessa Burns and Assistant Director Brian Funk, has been treating the roads with salt since early afternoon and have plenty of salt on hand to last the duration of the weather event.

To stay informed on the Snow Team’s progress, click on the METRO SNOW MAP

Closings and updates for Friday, Feb. 4, 2022:

Louisville Metro Government facilities:

All Louisville Free Public Library locations will remain closed through Friday due to inclement weather conditions. LFPL’s digital services, including eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, and more, are available online, 24 hours a day, at For the latest updates, please visit the Library’s website or social media accounts.

All Louisville Parks and Recreation’s in-person facilities will be closed Friday. This includes golf clubhouses, community centers, Locust Grove and the Farnsley-Moremen, Joe Creason Park Administration Building, the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, and the Jefferson Memorial Forest Welcome Center. Please check the website,, or social media for updates.

Metro Public Works has suspended curbside garbage collection for tomorrow. Friday’s garbage routes will be serviced on Saturday, Feb. 5. The city’s Waste Reduction Center, HazBin, and staffed recycling locations will be closed on Friday.

Louisville Metro Animal Services’ (LMAS) Animal House Adoption Center will be closed Friday. LMAS is reminding residents to contact animal control to report pets left outside without proper shelter. If residents are unsure whether to place a service request, they are encouraged to contact animal control to discuss options with an officer at 502-473-PETS or by email at [email protected].

During the hours of 9:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. please call MetroSafe at 502-574-2111 to report animals left outside without proper shelter.

The Louisville Zoo will be closed again Friday. Staff will be on-site caring for and feeding the animals.


Vulnerable residents

Operation White Flag is in effect. All persons needing shelter can stay at the participating shelters while weather conditions persist.

The participating Operation White Flag shelters include:

Wayside Christian Mission (accepts cats and dogs), 432 E. Jefferson St.

Vincent de Paul (for men only), 1034 S. Jackson St.

Salvation Army Center (day shelter only), 911 S. Brook St.

 To locate the nearest shelter and to reserve a bed, residents also can call the Single Point of Entry line at (502) 637-2337. Residents needing shelter can also walk-in to participating White Flag shelters. There is space currently available at all White Flag shelters. If residents are unsure of their status at a White Flag site, they should contact the shelter directly.

The city’s Meals on Wheels frozen meal deliveries are suspended and Senior Nutrition congregate sites will be closed Friday. Homebound seniors continue to be contacted by the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) staff for health check-ins and to check food supply.

RCS staff at Neighborhood Places are evaluating drop-off and in-person services for Friday and will post any closures. Applicants with scheduled drop-off appointments today and Friday (for LIHEAP/LIHWAP, Eviction Prevention and Metro Utility assistance) will be provided an extension for submitting documentation through Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Dare to Care food distribution at the Newburg Community Center will be closed on Friday.


Louisville Division of Fire

The Louisville Division of Fire (LFD) today responded to two structure fires. LFD Arson investigators have determined the cause of one of those fires to be combustibles placed too close to a propane space heater. LFD reminds residents of the following safety tips:

Generators: Do not use generators indoors or inside attached garages and remember to keep them at least 10 feet away from the home. When fueling the generator, make sure the engine is stopped, always use the recommended type of fuel and allow it to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling and 30 minutes after prolonged use.

Carbon Monoxide: Never warm a vehicle in a closed garage; clear snow from outdoor vents and frequently test carbon monoxide detectors. Always use gas-burning ovens and stoves appropriately and never use them to heat a residence.

Space heaters: Make sure your heaters meet the industry’s testing standards and have built-in safety features, like an automatic shut off or an overheat shut off feature. Do not use if the electrical cord is damaged, always unplug when leaving the room or going to bed and remember to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from any combustibles, draperies or furniture.

Downed trees and power lines: DO NOT handle any telephone, cable, or electrical lines, as they may be electrically charged; and DO NOT attempt to move or go near tree limbs on your home or near electrical lines, as they may be charged.

When using a fireplace: Make sure it has been serviced by a certified technician and keep fires small. Always make sure the flue is in working condition and use a screen to keep embers and sparks inside the fireplace.

Candles: Flashlights and battery-operated candles are recommended for emergency lighting. If you are using real candles, be sure they are in a sturdy non-combustible container, keep them clear of combustibles and never leave them unattended. Be sure to extinguish candles before leaving the home or going to sleep.



LMPD continues to respond to motor vehicle collisions only when there is a report of injury, or the roadway is blocked. LMPD is asking motorists to exchange information such as names, addresses, and auto insurance. LMPD also requests that motorists go to the following link to report a non-injury accident.



LG&E reminds everyone to stay away from fallen lines and treat them as dangerous live wires. LG&E customers should call (502) 589-1444 to notify the utilities of the location of any downed powerlines. Customers can view the utilities’ online outage map and report outages from the LG&E and KU app or online at Residents can also report an outage by using Outage Texting or the utilities’ automated phone system.


Louisville Water reminds homeowners to take precautions to prevent their pipes from bursting – wrap exposed pipes with an insulating material, tag outdoor water shut-off valve, cover crawl spaces and outside vents, keep garage doors closed and run a small steady stream of water from a cold-water faucet.


The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has brought in additional personnel to ensure they continue the vital services of wastewater treatment and flood protection. Those services will continue uninterrupted. MSD has sent home it’s customer response crews for the safety of their workforce. If residents have a service issue, please call MSD at 502-540-6000 or at [email protected]



All TARC routes will operate on winter weather detours Friday. Riders should visit and click on the red banner for a list of winter detours listed by route:

TARC will also notify riders about the status of winter weather detours via Facebook ( and Twitter (

Riders can receive text or email notifications for routes by subscribing to Rider Alerts at (, or simply call TARC’s customer service line at (502) 585-1234 for current status of routes and detours. 


COVID-19 testing sites

Bluewater Diagnostics’ mass testing site at Churchill Downs will remain closed Friday. Many testing providers may be closing early or changing operations due to the weather. Please check their websites or call ahead for the most up to date information.



Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible to shovel the sidewalk in front of a house they own or rent within a timely matter of 24 hours. This includes keeping the area free of all overhanging trees, shrubs, and other debris that block walkways.

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