Mayor Gorton gives an update on Lexington’s preparations for 3rd round of wintry weather


Mayor Linda Gorton(WDKY)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – Mayor Linda Gorton and other Lexington officials gave an update on the city’s preparations for the third round of wintry weather that is bearing down on the commonwealth.

City officials say crews continued treating ranked roads overnight and through Wednesday. They will continue working 12-hour shifts, focusing efforts on high priority streets.

Between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to three injury collisions, 23 non-injury collisions, 125 motorist assists, and 55 traffic hazards. Officers continue to monitor roadways for disabled vehicles, downed trees/power lines and individuals seeking shelter.

In the last 24 hours, the fire department has responded to 162 incidents, including four carbon monoxide responses, one transformer fire, four vehicle collisions with injuries, seven slips and falls, and two building fires. The department has 165 personnel on duty, with all front line units staffed and operational.

The city says waste collection on Wednesday, Feb. 17 was suspended because of icy conditions. No city carts or dumpsters will be collected today, but residents can leave their carts at the curb. A new make-up day has not yet been identified.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention is still operating under the Winter Weather Plan. Additional overflow emergency shelter motel rooms are being provided in partnership with Community Action Council. The on-call number for those needing assistance is 859-533-9199. To report someone in need after 10 p.m. you can call 859-258-3600.

Warming centers are closed Wednesday, but will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Warming centers are located at Dunbar Center, 545 N. Upper Street, and at the Senior Center, located behind Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road. The centers close at 7 p.m.

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