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Louisville shelter information

Power Restored to 122,000; No School Monday

Warmer temps melt ice, speed repairs

LOUISVILLE (Feb. 1, 2009) - Warmer temperatures and significant ice melt helped repair crews restore power to thousand over the weekend.

LG&E has restored power to 122,000 homes and businesses since the storm began. That leaves 83,000 customers without power, including one school.

"We're seeing significant progress and that's good news for our families," Mayor Jerry Abramson said. "Not everyone has had power restored, though, so I am urging people to continue to check on family members and neighbors."

JCPS students will not return to school on Monday, but classes will resume on Tuesday.  School officials suggest that families use Monday as a preparation day for returning to school - walking school routes and making sure students have a clear path to bus stops.

Fire dangers

A fire overnight at 3110 Woodland killed two young boys and sent their sister to the hospital.  It's not clear what started the fire.  Firefighters said it appeared the house had power at the time of the fire, but that the family had been using candles before power was restored. 

"As power comes back on, people may forget to blow out candles or turn off heaters they had been using while they were in the dark," said Fire Chief Greg Frederick.  "After power is restored, people should walk through their home and make sure all heating devices are turned off and candles are extinguished."

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Two people were treated for carbon monoxide exposure within the past 24 hours.  In one instance, police discovered a woman unconscious in her home - she has been taken to the hospital.

Four people have died in Louisville as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Three were killed from fumes from a generator stored in an attached garage; one died after he brought a charcoal grill into his home for warmth.

The potential for more carbon monoxide poisoning has emergency response officials concerned. The city is working with local hardware stores and the postal carriers to help spread the word about how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. A special outreach effort is being made toward Spanish speakers.

Carbon monoxide is deadly, and when it has collected in a high concentration, it can incapacitate an adult within seconds, said Fire Chief Gregory Frederick

"Under no circumstances should people bring their grills indoors, either to cook on or for heat," Frederick said. 

Dr. Neal Richmond, head of Emergency Medical Services, said carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms mimic a host of other illnesses.

"People may think they are just tired, or are coming down with the flu or a cold," he said.
"But the carbon monoxide will be fatal if people don't act quickly when they feel those symptoms coming on."

Many people may have carbon monoxide detectors in their home, but they tend to be a plug-in variety - which makes them worthless in a power outage, Richmond noted. 

MSD clearing catch basins  

Crews from the Metropolitan Sewer District are out clearing catch basins, so the melting ice can drain. MSD Director Bud Schardein said there are 55,000 catch basins in the city - and citizens can help if they clear the ice and snow from basins near their home or business.

"Once the ice and snow melt, it has to drain somewhere or we'll have flooding," Schardein said.

Red Cross shelter at Iroquois High School

Red Cross now has two shelters in Louisville.

At the Walnut Street Baptist Church location, 180 stayed overnight yesterday.

At the Iroquois High School location, 22 were housed yesterday.

Both shelters will remain open until people no longer need places to stay.

Two suburban cities - Jeffersontown and Shively - also opened shelters  --

the Jeffersontown Senior Center, at 10631 Watterson Trail, has 25 beds and the Shively City Hall, at 3920 Dixie Highway, has 50 beds.  And, Southeast Christian Church has opened a shelter at its campus on Blakenbaker Parkway that can house 300.

Warming centers open Monday; food and snacks served

The city is opening nine warming centers - six community centers and three government centers -Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sandwiches and snacks will be served, free of charge.

The locations are:

Beechmont       361-5484         205 W. Wellington Rd.            

California          574-2558         1600 W. St. Catherine St.       

Newburg          456-8122         4810 Exeter Ave.                                

Portland           776-0913         640 North 27th St.                              

Southwick        775-6598         3621 Southern Ave.    

Sun Valley       937-8802         6505 Bethany Lane


Urban Government Centers

East Government Center

200 Juneau Dr.

Southwest Government Center

7219 Dixie Highway

Central Government Center

7201 Outer Loop

Wayside needs blankets, sleeping bags

Abramson encourages people and church groups to check in on neighbors - and to contact local shelters and agencies about their needs. One immediate need is at Wayside, which is seeing record number of people seeking shelter. Wayside needs blankets and sleeping bags.

Dare to Care offering food

The Dare to Care food bank and the city's Community Action Partnership are offering packages of food to families in need. Call MetroCall, 311, to request the food.

YMCA opens facilities for showers

The YMCA of Louisville has opened its facilities for people who wish to take showers. There is no charge. The Y has several branches across the city. Call the Y to determine the nearest location. The Mary T. Meagher pool in Crescent Hill is also open, free of charge, for people wishing to shower.

Do not call city to report bent trees; they will likely recover

Public Works Director Ted Pullen urged citizens to only call MetroCall, 311, and report trees that have broken or are downed. He noted that many trees which are simply bent by the weight of the ice will likely recover.

Roads crews are continuing to plow and salt as needed. This weekend, they will focus their attention on school routes, to ensure that those roads and streets are ready to handle buses Monday morning.

Replacement food stamps

People can apply for replacement food stamps at Neighborhood Place locations across the city.

Shelters offer food, cots

Several other shelters are operating in addition to the Red Cross shelter at Walnut Street Baptist.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul,  1026 S. Jackson Street

Healing Place - Men's Shelter, 1020 W Market St.    585-4848

    Women's Shelter, 1607 W Broadway           568-6680

  • must be over 18
  • must be sober
  • no family accommodations
  • No one turned away, but beds fill quickly. Once beds fill, they have mats and chairs

Salvation Army - 831 S Brook St., 625-1170

  • can accommodate all homeless
  • includes families - although man in family may not be able to stay with rest of family

Wayside -  Men's Shelter,  432 E Jefferson, 584-3711 (answered 24/7 - call for all info)

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