City ready for ice and snow, extra crews on standby

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In a news conference Sunday afternoon Mayor Jim Gray said that the city is ready for the ice and snow in the forecast and has extra crews lined up and ready to help.

Gray says the city has been planning for the event and has city resources and community partners ready to help.

Gray said citizens can help by staying off the roads if possible, helping neighbors and taking care of pets.

Preparations include:

Streets and Roads crews began work at noon Sunday with a second shift coming on at 7 p.m. Lexington has 3,800 tons of salt on hand, with an additional 1,329 tons to be delivered.

If limbs or trees fall, Streets and Roads personnel will clear the right of way. Trees or limbs that fall on private property are the property owner’s responsibility.

In the case of downed limbs, the city has storm debris contracts in place to speed the clean-up process.

Gray says shelters for the homeless are in place and alerts have been distributed widely within the community and press.

24-hour shelters are:
 Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St.
 Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.
• Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St.
• Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17), 536 W. Third St.

Spokesman for Kentucky Utilities, Cliff Feltham, said they've been watching the weather situation and are fully staffed and ready for whatever may come. He says they have requested additional mutual aid employees from outside the state who will be arriving Sunday afternoon and evening. These crews will remain on standby until they are sure where they are needed within the state.

Pat Dugger, director of the Division of Emergency Management, has put the Red Cross on standby in case the city needs to provide shelter. She says the Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation.

Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin says officers out during the event are aware of the potential the storm carries and they are ready to help stranded citizens. He says they have additional officers on standby in case they are needed.

There will be no garbage or recycling pick up on Monday. Monday pick-up will be moved to Wednesday.

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