City works to clear streets; The mayor advises residents to exercise caution and be aware of weather conditions

Mayor Greg Fischer is advising residents to exercise extreme caution if they have to leave their homes for work or other essential travel as Louisville remains under an ice storm warning through Friday morning.

“As we’ve said before, freezing rain and falling temperatures could lead to dangerous road conditions, potential power outages and more,” the mayor said. “Therefore, I ask once again everyone to stay at home as much as possible during this time of dangerous weather.”

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

To keep up to date with the Snow Team’s progress, click on the METRO SNOW MAP https://www.lojic.org/snow-map

Closures and updates for Friday 4th February 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 24/7 at LFPL.org. For the latest updates, please visit the library’s website or social media accounts.

All in-person facilities at Louisville Parks and Recreation will be closed on Friday. These include 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, bestparksever.com or social media for updates.

Metro Public Works has suspended curbside garbage collection for tomorrow. Friday’s trash routes will be serviced on Saturday, February 5th. The city’s waste reduction center, HazBin, and staffed recycling sites are closed Friday.

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) Animal House Adoption Center will remain closed Friday. LMAS is reminding residents to contact Animal Control to report pets left outside without proper protection. If residents are unsure about making a service request, they are encouraged to contact Animal Control to discuss options with an officer at 502-473-PETS or email at [email protected].

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

The Louisville Zoo will remain closed again on Friday. Employees take care of the animals on site and feed them.

residents at risk

Operation White Flag is in effect. All persons requiring accommodation may stay at the participating accommodations in the event of persistent weather conditions.

Participating Operation White Flag shelters include:

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

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

Salvation Army Center (Day Accommodation Only), 911 S. Brook St.

To locate the nearest emergency shelter and reserve a bed, residents can also call the Single Point of Entry hotline at (502) 637-2337. Residents who need housing can also go to participating White Flag shelters. Places are currently available in all White Flag Shelters. If residents are unsure of their status at a white flag location, they should contact the shelter directly.

Meals on Wheels frozen meal deliveries around the city will be suspended and Senior Nutrition gathering locations will be closed on Friday. Homebound seniors continue to be contacted by staff from the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) to conduct health screenings and review food supplies.

Neighborhood Places RCS staff are evaluating drop-off and personal services for Friday and will announce any closures. Applicants with scheduled submission dates today and Friday (for LIHEAP/LIHWAP, eviction prevention and Metro Utility support) will be granted an extension to submit documents until Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Dare to Care food distribution at the Newburg Community Center will remain closed on Friday .

Louisville Fire Department

The Louisville Division of Fire (LFD) responded to two building fires today. LFD Arson investigators have determined that the cause of one of these fires was flammable materials placed too close to a propane space heater. LFD reminds residents of the following safety tips:

Generators: Do not use generators indoors or in attached garages and remember to keep them at least 10 feet from the house. When refueling the generator, ensure the engine is shut off, always use the recommended grade of fuel and allow it to cool for at least 15 minutes before refueling and 30 minutes after prolonged use.

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

Space heaters: Make sure your heaters meet industry testing standards and have built-in safety features like an auto shut-off or overheat shutoff. Do not use if the power 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 flammable objects, curtains, or furniture.

Fallen Trees and Power Lines: DO NOT touch telephone, cable, or power lines as they may be electrically charged; and DO NOT attempt to move or go near tree branches on your home or near electrical wires as they may be charged.

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

Candles: Flashlights and battery operated candles are recommended for emergency lighting. If using real candles, make sure they are in a sturdy, non-flammable container, keep them away from flammable materials, and never leave them unattended. Be sure to extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to bed.

LMPD

LMPD will continue to respond to collisions with motor vehicles only if injuries are reported or the lane is blocked. LMPD encourages motorists to share information such as names, addresses and car insurance. The LMPD also encourages motorists to visit the following link: https://www.louisville-police.org/337/Report-an-Accident to report an accident without injury.

Utilities

LG&E reminds everyone to stay away from dropped wires and treat them as dangerous power cords. LG&E customers should call (502) 589-1444 to notify utilities of the location of downed power lines. Customers can view the online utility outage map and report outages via the LG&E and KU app or online at lge-ku.com. Residents can also report an outage using outage SMS or the utility’s automated phone system.

Louisville Water is reminding homeowners to take precautions to prevent their pipes from bursting — wrap exposed pipes in insulation material, mark the outdoor water shut-off valve, cover crawlspaces and exterior openings, keep garage doors closed and leave a small one , steady stream of water running a cold water tap.

The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has hired additional staff to ensure vital sanitation and flood control services continue. These services will continue without interruption. For the safety of its workforce, MSD has sent its customer forces home. If residents have a service issue, please contact MSD at 502-540-6000 or at [email protected]

TARC

All TARC routes will operate during winter weather diversions on Friday. Riders should visit ridetarc.org and click the red banner for a list of winter detours listed by route: https://www.ridetarc.org/winter-weather-detours.

TARC will also update riders on the status of winter weather detours via Facebook (facebook.com/ridetarc) and Twitter (twitter.com/ridetarc).

Riders can receive text or email alerts for routes by subscribing to Rider Alerts at ridetarc.org (https://www.ridetarc.org/subscribe) or simply call TARC’s customer service hotline at (502 ) 585-1234 for the current status Trails and Detours.

COVID-19 testing sites

Bluewater Diagnostics’ bulk testing site at Churchill Downs will remain closed on Friday. Many test providers may close early or change operations due to weather. Please check their websites or call ahead for the most up to date information.

sidewalks

Homeowners are reminded that they are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of any home they own or rent within 24 hours. This includes keeping the area clear of all overhanging trees, shrubs, and other debris blocking walkways.

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