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Cold weather continues to take its toll

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Temperatures may be on the rise, but don't think that means you're clear of all the cold weather danger.

Metro Safe staff say they don't like to use the "Q" word--"quiet"--when talking about emergency call volume, but, officials say they haven't seen the up-tick they expected with the drop in temperatures.

Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that the cold weather isn't taking it's toll.

LG&E is reporting record energy demand, while the Louisville Water Company is working overtime to fix water main breaks across the city.

With wind chills below zero, injury has been far less than what they prepared for. Metro Safe reports EMS responded to four cold weather exposure calls and three falls.

Jody Duncan of Metro Safe credits preparedness for the low number of calls. She says thanks to people listening to public announcements and largely staying inside, they haven't seen the volume of injuries, fires, and car accidents they expected. But Duncan says, we aren't out of the woods yet.

"Even with the temperatures on the rise, until we get up a little bit higher, I think it is important and imperative for people to remember to stay warm and continue to wear that hat just like mom said," says Duncan.

And as of Tuesday afternoon, Louisville Water reported nine water main breaks across the city.

"Right now it's all very manageable. It's nothing that we can't handle," said Kelley Dearing-Smith. "Right now we're ok."

For residential main breaks, Dearing-Smith suggests turning off water valves as soon as you lose water. If you want to be proactive she also has tips:

"Open up the doors under your sink and wrap the pipes if you want," she says. "You can also leave a small trickle running through your facet."

This as power companies across Kentucky are dealing with record energy demands.

"Our system is operating exactly how it is designed to do," said Natasha Collins of LG&E. "It can withstand these temperatures and these weather conditions, but conservation helps lessen demand."

So, LG&E is asking consumers to lessen their consumption by turning down the thermostat when leaving the house, turning off lights and un-used appliances, only using washing machines and dishwashers when full, and opening blinds when leaving the house.

Officials say fire units responded to six fires Monday and, as of Tuesday afternoon, three fires Tuesday. It's unknown if those fires were cold weather related.

LMPD responded to 205 motorist assist calls Monday. On a typical day, they respond to 22.


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