Firefighters call in reserves; most fire houses are left without power - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Firefighters call in reserves; most fire houses are left without power

The storm damage is forcing even fire departments and hospitals to change the way they operate.

With pieces of metal and other debris littering many streets, it's hard even to figure out where much of it came from.

Scores of cars have been demolished, and street lights have fallen off their poles.

A tree and electrical wires fell onto one house on Shelby Street, causing a fire.  Salvador Melendez of the Louisville Fire Dept. says, "We have so many other fires going on, it's exhausting our manpower, we had to call in our reserves."

And Mayor Jerry Abramson pointed out Sunday, "This has been a significant wind storm, I don't need to tell you that.  There are three times more families without power than existed in the 1974 tornado."

Jefferson County Schools are closed on Monday, although full-time staff must report.  That's after many schools were left without power, with some of them suffering damage to their roofs.

As of late Sunday evening, even the majority of the city's firehouses were left without power, though they were still operating.

And while the cleanup continues, police will have a job to do.  Troy Riggs of Metro Police reminds us, "Criminals watch TV, and I can assure you tomorrow there will be individuals coming to this community to prey on our citizens."

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