LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington Mayor, Linda Gorton spoke in a presser on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. The majority of the conference was spent discussing the winter storm hitting the area, how it will affect the city, and what is being done by major departments in the city to keep residents safe.

Lexington Division of Streets and Roads

Director Rob Allen said road crews across the city will be working 12-hour shifts to lay salt and keep the roads clear. They began pre-treating city roads with salt brine on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Code enforcement, Waste Management, Sanitary Sewer, Environmental Services, and Parks employees will be on the clock helping with snow removal.

Lexington Police

Sgt. Donnell Gordon reported Lexington P.D. has called in extra officers to patrol and monitor for disabled vehicles, hazardous roadways, and traffic control. All police cruisers are equipped with 4-wheel drive.

Lexington Fire

Lexington Fire Department is fully staffed today and prepared to help with any situation that may arise due to the severe weather. 155 line personnel are on duty for immediate response to called in emergencies.

Lexington P.D. said to be cautious when using home-heating electrical equipment, which is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities. They also stress that it is important to have smoke detectors in your home and periodically check to make sure they are fully functional.

Waste Management

Waste Management Division Director Tracey Thurman said they are assessing whether waste collection will need to be suspended in some areas of Lexington today. Any waste bins that are not collected today will be collected Saturday, Jan. 8.

Waste pickup scheduled to occur tomorrow, Jan. 7 will be two hours delayed. Commercial pickup will start at 6:30 a.m., Residential at 7:30 a.m. If pickup is not possible Friday, Jan. 7, they will be picked up Saturday, Jan. 8, and Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention

The department activated its Community Winter Weather Response plan ahead of the storm on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The plan extends services to accommodate anyone who is seeking shelter during inclement weather.

Expanded capacity is available at the Hope Center, 360 W. Loudon Avenue, and the Salvation Army, 736 West Main Street.

All shelter information has been provided to Lexington Police and Fire, churches, emergency rooms, and hospital staff. LexTran busses is providing free transportation to all shelters.

Citizens seeking shelter are advised to call Lexington Police at (859)-258-3600. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.