Crews from Louisville Gas and Electric, as well as public safety agencies around Louisville Metro, work to clean up and restore power

November 15, 2018

Louisville Metro Emergency Services coordinating with Salvation Army, American Red Cross for overnight shelter

The city’s first winter storm of the season has caused significant power outages and other complications across Louisville Metro. First responders, public safety officials, and crews with Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) have been working since late last night to resolve the challenges brought by this winter storm. Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution near downed power lines. Stay away from downed lines and report them to LG&E at 502-589-1444. Always call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Louisville Metro Emergency Services is coordinating with the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to open an additional overnight shelter for those affected by power outages who do not have an alternative place to spend the night. The shelter is located at the UAW Local 862 Hall at 3000 Fern Valley Road and will be open beginning at 6 p.m. tonight.

At its peak earlier today, LG&E had over 75,000 customers without power of 496,000 total customers in Jefferson County. LG&E has been working to cut away branches from downed lines in order to restore the lines. Public Works has cleared over 200 unique locations of downed tree branches and storm debris.

Residents who are experiencing a power outage are reminded to never use a gas stove, oven, or open flame to heat their home. Backup generators should ONLY be run outdoors. Identify water shut-off location(s) in your residence in case of freezing water pipes. Public places such as libraries, community centers, and shopping malls are great options to stay warm.

Louisville Metro Public Works will publish information about storm debris drop off on Friday.


White Flag

The Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the Operation White Flag program to ensure that homeless people can find shelter during severe weather. Operation White Flag goes into effect when the temperature or the wind chill is at 35 degrees or lower.  A white flag flies outside each participating shelter to show that 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: St. Vincent de Paul (for men only at 1034 S. Jackson St.), Salvation Army Center for Hope (911 S. Brook St.)  and Wayside Christian Mission (432 E. Jefferson St.).  To find out when Operation White Flag is in effect, call Bed-One Stop at 637-2337.