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Mayor outlines preparations for first round of winter weather
With the city expecting its first round of winter weather, Mayor Greg Fischer and other city leaders outlined ways the city is preparing – and ways resident can prepare themselves.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a possibility for Louisville to receive 1 to 4 inches of snow beginning late morning on Thursday and lasting through the evening. The NWS expects temperatures to plummet into the single digits by sunrise Friday, with freezing temperatures continuing until midday Saturday.
“This incoming weather has the potential to create dangerous road conditions, and that’s why I’m asking residents to stay off the roads and for essential workers to take extra precautions if they must travel,” said the Mayor. “With colder temperatures like those expected in the coming days, there’s great potential for dangerous slick spots and black ice on roadways.”
The Metro Snow Team has been brining city roadways since Tuesday in anticipation of snowfall, focusing on bridges, overpasses and hilly/elevated roadways. Brine is a saltwater solution that reduces the adherence of snow and ice to pavement and reduces slick spots.
The multi-agency Snow Team is led by Metro Public Works under the leadership of Director Vanessa Burns and Assistant Director Brian Funk, and is a partnership among Public Works’ Roads & Operations, Solid Waste Management Services and Signs & Markings Divisions. Metro Parks, the Department of Codes & Regulations, and the Department of Fleet Services are also part of the team.
“Our department and partner agencies are trained to handle the snowfall,” said Burns. “Shifts have been planned for the duration of the event to minimize its impact, and keep our staff and our roadways safe.”
Louisville begins the snow season this year with 38,000 tons of salt on hand, which is about average for the beginning of most winters. Most of the salt is stored underground in the Louisville Mega Cavern, while about 17,500 tons are stored at four above ground storage domes where the salt will be loaded onto spreading vehicles as needed. Because last winter season had more snow (approximately 40% more than normal), colder weather, and an ice storm, total salt usage was significantly higher. Total salt used in the 2020-21 snow season was about 29,000 tons.
To stay up to date on Metro Snow Team’s progress visit: https://apps.lojic.org/metrosnowroutes
For winter weather driving tips visit: https://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/winter-driving-tips/#.Xj…
The Louisville Division of Fire reminds residents to use safety precautions when heating their homes, as it is the second-leading cause for house fires. LFD recommends the following safety tips:
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.
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.
Operation White Flag goes into effect when the temperature or the wind chill is below 35 degrees. All persons needing shelter can stay at the participating shelters while weather conditions persist.
The participating Operation White Flag shelters include:
Wayside Christian Mission, 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) 637-2237.
Louisville Metro Animal Services is reminding residents to contact Animal Control to report pets left outside without proper shelter. If you are unsure whether to place a service request, we encourage you to call Animal Control to discuss your options with an officer at 502-473-PETS or by email at [email protected]. Due to the number of calls, residents may need to leave a detailed voice message with a phone number and an officer will follow up.
During the hours of 9:30 p.m. – 7:30 a.m., please call MetroSafe at (502) 574-2111 to report animals left outside without proper shelter.
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 lge-ku.com. 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.
With the potential for winter weather on the forecast, TARC advises riders to check their route’s winter weather detour. TARC will notify riders about the status of winter weather detours via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ridetarc) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ridetarc) and TARC’s website (https://www.ridetarc.org/winter-weather-detours/). You can also receive text notifications by subscribing to alerts at https://www.ridetarc.org/subscribe/.
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