Major Ice Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power; Mayor Encourages People To Stay Off Roads
Wednesday January 28, 2009
More than 75,000 people are without power in Louisville, and more than a dozen roads are blocked by downed trees, limbs and power lines, following a major ice storm that glazed the city overnight.
“This is a dangerous situation,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “People should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.”
Mayor Jerry Abramson urges people to stay off roadways this morning if possible so road and utility crews can clear roads and streets. Main roads have been treated with salt and plowed and most are wet, slushy and slick. Louisville Fire Department has brought in additional crews to respond to structure fires and downed power lines.
Since midnight, MetroSafe has received hundreds of calls of storm-related problems including:
Structure fires – 13
Transformer fires – 116
Wires down – 479
Trees down – 236
The American Red Cross shelter at Chestnut and Jackson streets is open and city officials are talking with officials about opening more.
Jefferson County Public Schools are closed and Metro Government offices will not open until 10 a.m. The airport is operating a normal and, as of 6:30 a.m., there are no flight delays.
If you have a life-threatening emergency or hazardous situation, call MetroSafe at 911.