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Louisville officials dealing with winter storm; residents asked to keep streets clear

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A winter storm expected to dump up to 12 inches of snow on Metro Louisville Monday has city officials scrambling to keep roads clear.

From its Emergency Operations Center in downtown Louisville, MetroSafe has been monitoring 68 cameras set up around the city looking for water main breaks, vehicle accidents, stranded motorists and power outages. It is the hub of the snow operation for Louisville.

City officials tell WDRB they saw about six times as many traffic crashes as they do on a normal day, including one involving an overturned tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes of I-71 near the Watterson Expressway. State transportation officials closed I-71N around 10 a.m. to clear the scene.

Crews had to keep one lane closed while they offloaded the contents of the 18-wheeler because it was too heavy to get it set upright.

City leaders say several injury accidents were reported Monday, but no one was seriously hurt.

About 135 workers are continuing to plow, salt and brine the roads. Drivers are asked not to park vehicles on main roads.

"Today is going to be our only opportunity for any sort of melting treatment," said Public Works spokesman Harold Adams. "So we want to get it melted as much as we can, that will make it easier for us to then remove things from the road. Other than what's left will become hard ice packs."

Because of the number of crashes, LMPD advises they are no longer responding to non-injury accidents. So if you're involved in a fender bender, exchange insurance information with the other driver and file a police report online.

Doug Hamilton, Louisville's Chief of Public Services, reminds residents about safety issues that could lead to fires.

Hamilton says the intense cold could lead to "a greater opportunity for fire when people improperly use space heaters or use kerosene heaters -- you could start a fire. We're concerned about that and getting access to many of the roads in Louisville. It may be difficult for residents; well it's also difficult for first responders."

Officials with the Louisville Water Company had responded to four water main breaks by noon on Monday. That's twice as many as on a normal day.

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