Food banks and shelters that helped storm victims could soon close - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Food banks and shelters that helped storm victims could soon close

Food banks and shelters that helped thousands following last week's wind storm could soon close.  Many shelters and mobile food banks will close after Tuesday as power is restored.

It's estimated that fewer than 15,000 homes are still without power -- the highest concentration is in St. Mathews, Lyndon, and east Louisville.

But the cleanup could take months, due to all the wood and debris that was left behind.   Crews predict that a few thousand downed wires could be the most difficult.

Crews from as far away as Florida and Michigan have worked 16-hour days to repair more than 9,000 downed wires during the height of the storm's aftermath.

Those that remain out include anomalies like Earl Hibbs' house"  "Our house, these three houses, that apartment complex and that business -- everybody else has power."

Squirrels had chewed through the insulation to his power line.  Crews were forced to return Monday to repair it. Chris Hermann of LG&E explains, "We expect that the vast majority of our customers should be restored by mid-day on Wednesday and there will be some stragglers that will possibly slip over into Thursday and Friday."

Betty Siefert is optimistic power will return soon.  Debris and downed power lines still drape across St. Matthews Avenue.  "So, hopefully," Siefert says, "things happen.  We'll get them on sooner or later.  I pray to God it might be today."

As power is slowly restored, emergency services will be cut back.  The Red Cross shelter inside Louisville Gardens is expected to close by noon Tuesday.

Mobile food banks which have served thousands in need will also conclude Tuesday.  And dropoff centers at the Southwest Government Center and the Newburg Metro Works location will also close.

The city of St. Mathews is already out cleaning up some of the debris left behind in the wake of Sunday's storm.  The city has spent $2.1 million in overtime to respond to the storm -- that figure does not include normal salaries for city workers.

The total cost of the storm remains uncertain -- it's estimated to be in the high millions of dollars.

Dare to Care and other food services will remain open this week. Call 311 for more information.

Tuesday is also the deadline to request replacement food stamps due to food lost during the power outage.

Clients can go to the L&N building downtown or any Neighborhood Place.

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