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Metro Newsroom

Louisville Metro Responds to Winter Storm

Wednesday December 22, 2004

Despite a significant winter storm, Louisville Metro Emergency Management Director Doug Hamilton credits careful planning and diligent work of road crews for keeping Louisville’s priority roads passable through Wednesday morning and early afternoon.

“We’re monitoring the situation closely and are ready to elevate our response as the storm progresses,” Hamilton said.
The Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with agencies and institutions across the community regarding storm response. Highlights of the snow response include:

Staggered Release of Employees in High-Traffic Areas
To alleviate rush hour traffic, employers are encouraged to begin releasing employees from work at staggered intervals throughout the afternoon. EMA suggests employers in highly concentrated business districts such as downtown, Hurstbourne and industrial parks especially consider this staggered release.

Road Safety

Louisville Metro road crews are continuously working to clear first-priority roads across the community. These include major thoroughfares and through-streets. Drivers should drive slowly and proceed with caution.

Air Travel

Currently Louisville International Airport is moving planes in and out. Delays may be experienced due to other airports in the system. Before heading to the airport, contact your airline for flight status. Travelers should arrive at least 1-½ hours before a flight’s departure.

Water Lines

Temperatures are expected to drop in the coming days. To help prevent water pipes from freezing, residents can drip faucets and open the cabinet doors under sinks.

Garbage/Recycling Collection

Today’s garbage and recycling pickup in the urban-services district is expected to be completed without major problems. Suburban garbage and recycling pickup, operated by private haulers, may be affected by weather.

Homeless Shelters
Operation White Flag is in effect at four area homeless shelters: The Healing Place, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and Volunteers of America.