Leaders provide updates on city’s safety measures in wintry weather

February 18, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer today along with representatives from the National Weather Service (NWS), Metro Public Works, Resilience and Community Services (RCS), and local utility companies updated residents on the city’s response to the latest round of wintry weather and provided tips to help keep residents safe in cold temperatures.

NWS reports intermittent freezing drizzle is possible today with ice glaze accumulation less than 0.1 inch, and additional snowfall less than 1 inch. The NWS anticipates the freezing drizzle will taper off this evening.

The Metro Snow Team is continuing to work 12-hour shifts, so they can provide 24-hour treatment of all 110 Metro snow routes throughout the duration of the weather event. Crews are applying salt at 600 lbs. per lane miles of roadway, plowing and treating roads with calcium chloride making them as safe as possible.

“Our Snow Team has continued their tireless work treating and plowing the roads. We are going to be warming up within a few days, but today is another day when it’s still a good idea to hold off on unnecessary travel,” the Mayor said. “Again, the fewer cars we have on the roads, the fewer accidents we’re likely to see.”

The Mayor expressed his appreciation to Public Works, National Weather Service, the Emergency Operations Center and residents for contributing to the city’s response to this steak of winter weather.

To stay informed on the Snow Team’s progress, click on the METRO SNOW MAP https://www.lojic.org/snow-map


Vulnerable residents

Operation White Flag remains in effect, and RCS continues to work with the Coalition for the Homeless and the shelters around the city to ensure beds are available to those who want shelter:

St. Vincent de Paul, 1034 S. Jackson St., has shelter space available (for men only).

Wayside Christian Mission, 432 E. Jefferson St., has shelter space available and is operating 24/7. Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888. Pets are accepted in the Low Barrier Shelter at Wayside. During White Flag, previously barred clients are allowed inside, except for those barred for violence against staff or other clients.

Salvation Army, 911 S. Brook St., is operating a Healthy Day Shelter location at their campus with a 400-person capacity. No reservations are required. They also are operating a Healthy Overnight Shelter with a 70-bed capacity for men and women at the Brook Street campus. Call 502-671-4904 to check bed availability.

The Healing Place (for men only) at 1020 W. Market St. has a 48-bed capacity. Call 502-585-4848 to check bed availability.

Overflow Capacity: In addition, Wayside Mission, which operates Hotel Louisville, can make overflow/shelter beds available if needed. Call 502-389-9009. Transportation Available to Shelters: Wayside is also helping to provide transportation services for those needing to reach shelters. Call 502-996-1888.

How the Community Can Assist: Ending homelessness remains a community challenge, and concerned residents can help with donations at https://louhomeless.org/

RCS Director Tameka Laird thanked the outreach teams, including the LMPD community engagement officers who are helping to connect citizens with shelters. Laird also praised Wayside Mission providing transportation services to shelters for those who need them. For transportation help, residents can call (502) 996-1888.

Laird said many concerned residents have reached out to her office to find out how they can help the city’s unsheltered community:

Wayside Christian Mission needs bottled water, twin-sized blankets and mats, pillows, and packages of toilet paper.

John Center for Homeless Men needs HotHands warmers, socks, gloves, men's boxers or briefs (M, L, XL), and matches (individual boxes).

Family Health Centers needs winter hats and gloves, boots, blankets and tarps.

For more information on how to donate, go to https://louisvilleky.gov/helphomeless.

“Homelessness is a community challenge and it requires a community response. Metro Government is working on this every day along with our community partners,” the Mayor said. “But the more people who step up and offer to donate time or money to address this problem, the more we can do.”

The city’s Meals on Wheels frozen meal deliveries today are being rescheduled, and Senior Nutrition distribution sites will be closed. Homebound seniors continue to be contacted by the RCS staff for health check-ins and to check food supply. 

Drop off locations for the Eviction Prevention, Metro Utility Assistance and the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) programs are closed today. Applicants with scheduled appointments the week of Feb. 15 - 19 will be provided an extension for submitting documentation through Friday, February 26, if needed.



Natasha Collins, LG&E, joined the Mayor today and said the utility company saw a total of about 144 customers who were impacted because there was one wire down. “Those were all issues addressed quickly, and we currently have no outages this morning,” she said.

The Mayor noted that “LG&E’s excellent work speaks to just how ready our system is in handling really extreme conditions.”

Collins emphasized the importance of staying away from fallen lines and to 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 online at lge-ku.com. You can also report an outage by using Outage Texting or the automated phone system.

Kelley Dearing Smith, Louisville Water Company, reported that there have been 45 water main breaks since Sunday, and 18 main breaks yesterday. 

“Fortunately, it has been the highest number that water main breaks crews have had to repair in one day in two years,” she said. “The good news is, most of these breaks, are in neighborhoods with smaller pipes. We have had a handful of customers go without water service for just a few hours while we quickly repaired those pipes.”

Dearing Smith shared safety tips to remind customers how they can prevent 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.

Residents also can watch a video to learn step-by-step instructions about how to find and tag the water shut-off valve.


Due to weather, several JCPS food sites are closed today. Those that remain open, began distributing meals at 11 a.m. Families who are in immediate need of food assistance are encouraged to reach out to Dare to Care at http://daretocare.org or (502) 966-3821.

Residents can also go to JCPS’ social media pages to check for an updated list of sites.



The LouVax mass vaccination site operated by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at Broadbent Arena is open and operating on a normal schedule today for those with appointments.

LouVax expects to operate normal hours on Friday. On Saturday, the LouVax site is extending its hours for a one-time event for required second-dose appointments from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Saturday session is by appointment only.


Due to weather conditions, LMPD is not responding to non-injury motor vehicle collisions, and instead, requests that motorists use these sites to file non-emergency/non-injury reports:

Non-injury accident:


How to file an incident report:




The Louisville Free Public Library is operating on a modified schedule for today. Library staff will contact everyone with appointments to confirm or reschedule, depending on patrons' preferences. The library will resume regular hours tomorrow and Saturday.


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


A majority of TARC routes remain operating on Winter Weather Detours at this time. TARC will continue to monitor conditions throughout the service area for changes.

For real-time updates, and to help plan ahead, including a list of the most common detours implemented, please visit the News & Events page at https://ridetarc.org.


The city will continue to provide updates on its social media pages.


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