Fischer: Winter storm has had 'minimal' impact on Louisville
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said no major issues have been reported since snow began falling Friday morning.
Updated 3:33 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The winter storm that moved through Louisville Friday has had a "minimal" impact on the city as of mid-afternoon, Mayor Greg Fischer said at a news conference.
Fischer said the snow has fallen unevenly in the metro area, dropping three inches downtown and an inch at Louisville International Airport. There were no significant spikes in calls to EMS, police and fire officials, he said.
Snow totals of 4 to 7 inches are expected, according to National Weather Service estimates. Fischer said most streets in the city are "in pretty good shape," but he acknowledged that side streets that haven't been treated may remain a problem.
Fischer said he was told by the National Weather Service that the storm had "underachieved."
Jeff Brown, an assistant director of Metro Public Works, said crews were finishing applying the first round of salt to city roads. About 60 plows were in service Friday afternoon, he said.
Fischer urged people to keep catch basins clear so that they can handle melting snow later in the weekend.
Anyone who needs a catch basin cleared is asked to call MSD at 587-0603. MSD also will monitor the Ohio River for possible flooding, director Tony Parrott said.
Updated from 11 a.m. briefing:
Fischer said Friday morning that the city is prepared to handle an expected snowfall of 4 to 7 inches.
At a briefing at MetroSafe’s Emergency Operations Center, Fischer said crews are applying salt and monitoring roads in the area and will begin plowing once 2 to 3 inches of snow have accumulated.
The salt applied Wednesday is a “good base,” Fischer said.
Here are the takeaways from Fischer’s update:
-There have been no reports of LG&E customers losing power
-Metro government remains open
-Louisville Free Public Library branches are open
-Community centers will be open until 7 p.m.
-There’s no curbside recycling today
Fischer said he was hopeful that garbage pickups, which were delayed a day because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, will occur tomorrow for residents with Friday service.
He asked people to avoid calling 911 except in the case of a “real super emergency.” Instead, they should use the city’s 311 system for questions and non-emergency needs.
Fischer also urged people to check on elderly neighbors, move pets indoors and keep fire hydrants and TARC stops clear of snow.
“Please keep your sidewalks clear,” he said. “Reminder: It’s the homeowner’s responsibility and the business owner’s responsibility to do so.”
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