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Mayor Fisher said there are "no major issues" in Louisville right now

RAW VIDEO: Louisville mayor's 3:30 winter weather update

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- Mayor Greg Fisher said during an afternoon press conference that there are still no major problems in Louisville, though warned that record breaking low temperatures were coming.

"Things are looking a lot better right now and they will look better in the morning," Fisher said of the roads in Louisville.

He said there was no need for Louisville to declare a state of emergency because the city has enough resources and is handling the weather well.

Fisher said the Louisville area has had no significant vehicle accidents or injuries and only a handful people had lost power. In addition, no home fires have been reported.

Earlier in the day, he urged citizens to stay off the roads if possible and to help shovel sidewalks, around catch basins and areas in front of the city's 4,800 TARC stops.

"We will get through this safely with everyone working together," Fisher said.

With the help of citizens, Metro workers and supervised inmates, many sidewalks and 150 of 249 bus shelters had been cleared, he said.

Many people have volunteered to help others, Fisher said, and the city has set up a help line where those in need of non-emergency assistance can call 211 and be paired with a volunteer.

"If you want to help and you can be a Good Samaritan today, please sign up," Fischer said. "Help our compassionate city reputation."

During the afternoon press conference, Fisher clarified that the number was to be used for people who need to get to medical appointments as there were a limited number of volunteers.

Road crews were able to begin salting roads Wednesday evening after the rain stopped and are working around the clock, focusing first on the 98 main routes and then those side streets identified as most important by Jefferson County Public Schools.

"The snow came down really fast last night," Fisher said. "Anytime this happens, we all know there is a lot of frustration. It's still early in the snow removal process, everything is working to plan right now."

The main roads are "pretty good," Fisher said, but getting out of neighborhoods is "difficult."

Garbage and recycling pick-up were stopped today because the landfill closed, but will begin again tomorrow.

With colder weather coming in, with temps as low as zero or sub-zero, Fisher asked residents to take precautions and check on their neighbors.

"Stay indoors tonight and tomorrow," he said. "Be mindful of the wind chill."

Fisher said city government is "open for business. This is when people need city government the most."


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