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Abramson Seeks Disaster Designation, Assesses Storm Clean-up Efforts

Tuesday June 1, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today asked state and federal officials for financial assistance to help cover costs related to storm clean-up and damage to government facilities based on the extensive damage to local communities in the last several days.

Louisville Metro joins other communities throughout the region and across the state in seeking state and federal financial assistance.

Abramson, who toured storm-damaged areas communitywide on Monday, got a progress report Tuesday morning during a meeting with more than two dozen leaders from city agencies, the Metropolitan Sewer District and Louisville Gas and Electric at the emergency operations center in City Hall.

Hundreds of Louisville Metro Government employees worked through the weekend to help clear tree-blocked roadways and assist residents affected by damaging winds from Sunday’s storms.
 
“I’m impressed by the dedication and hard work by city employees, utility crews and neighbors to help those hard hit by the storms,” Abramson said. “We’ve made tremendous progress but we still have much work to do.”
 
City crews are working today to clear trees blocking about 10 roads throughout Louisville Metro. Crews from Public Works, Solid Waste Management, Parks and Corrections worked around the clock to clear more than 200 trees that were blocking roadways over the past 48 hours.
 
About 11,000 customers were still without electricity as of this morning, according to LG&E officials. Barring additional storms in the region, power should be restored to all customers by Thursday.

The utility handled more than 22,000 calls over the past 48 hours. The hardest hit areas included Valley Station, Graymoor-Devondale, Crescent Hill, St. Matthews, Portland, Anchorage, Lyndon, Westport Road and Glenmary.

Minor flooding possible

Minor flooding along the Ohio River is possible in the coming days, according to Bud Schardein, executive director of the Metropolitan Sewer District.
 
MSD crews today began installing flood gates at 10th and Main streets and 27th Street at McAlpine Lock and Dam, Schardein said. The Ohio River was about a foot below the 23-foot flood stage at the upper gauge and four feet below the 55-foot flood stage at the lower gauge.
 
Motorists should anticipate blocked roadways along and near Upper River Road, Mockingbird Valley Road and Catherine Station Road.
 
Debris drop-off
Homeowners with downed trees and limbs can drop off the debris free of charge at the Solid Waste Management center at 600 Meriweather Avenue for the next two weeks.
 
No vehicles larger than pick-ups or commercial contractors will be allowed to use the free drop-off service. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
 
Residents in the urban service district can bundle limbs less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 foot long for regular yard waste collection. Garbage and yard waste pick up is delayed one day because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Safety tips
No serious injuries were reported as a result of the storms, but Abramson urged citizens to keep safety in mind and follow these tips:
 · Do not touch downed power lines or transformers - no matter how long they’ve been down
 
· Use extreme caution when using chain saws and other power equipment

· Do not attempt to cross roadways where standing water or downed lines are present