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Mayor Addresses Storm in Letter to Citizens

Monday September 15, 2008

( Get the latest storm recovery information .)

Dear Citizens:

Hundreds of thousands of our citizens are without power. Cars are totaled, homes are damaged, and dozens of roads are blocked by fallen trees and twisted power lines. Sunday’s windstorm delivered a wallop to our community, and we need your help and patience as crews work to restore power and clear roads.

Damage to our community is heavy and widespread. No one area of town was hit harder than another. As a result, it’s difficult to predict which areas may have power restored first. LG&E estimates that fully restoring power will take 10 to 14 days. Be prepared to be without electricity for up to two weeks.

Here’s what you can do:

1) Limit driving and conserve fuel.

Extra drivers on the road hamper efforts to remove debris and restore power. If you have a flexible work schedule, consider alternate commuting times to reduce congestion.

2) Drop off your storm debris free of charge.

Beginning Tuesday, we will open up ten sites around the community to dispose of tree limbs, shingles, siding and other debris at no charge. Check the city's homepage at www.louisvilleky.gov for locations. Sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

3) Keep your food safe.

Refrigerated food is generally not safe for consumption after four hours without power. A full freezer should be fine for 48 hours; a half full freezer, 24 hours. Check our website for more food safety tips.

This storm is a tremendous challenge for our city. I appreciate your patience as we work toward getting back to normal. Please continue to check our website, louisvilleky.gov, for updates. Learn more about food safety from Metro Public Health & Wellness.