Mayor says Lexington is prepared for winter storm

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As a late winter snow, sleet, and ice storm bears down on the Bluegrass, Lexington mayor Jim Gray isn't flinching.

"We have planned for this. We have marshaled city resources and are working with community partners. We are prepared," said Gray.

City road crews reported in at Noon. They couldn't do any pre-treating this morning because of the heavy rain, but when the time comes, they say they'll have no shortage of salt. The city has 3,800 tons of salt with 1,329 on the way. Kentucky Utilities officials say they're working to stay ahead of the storm as well. They say about 500 people are coming from out of state to help out if needed. They'll be staging in Louisville. KU officials say they're applying lessons learned from past storms.

"It's a much more efficient system this time around, at least in communication, which means it's going to be a faster restoration than it was in 2003," said Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham.

The mayor says one thing that will help crews is that the surface temperature of the roads is above freezing because of the warmer temperatures we've had.

Lexington Police say they'll have extra officers standing by focusing on the interstates. They also have extra communications staff in case they start getting a lot more calls. The mayor says, while the city is prepared, it won't be a cakewalk.

"You don't declare victory prematurely. This means that we are on alert. It doesn't mean that things are going to be perfect. That's why we're here today," Gray said.

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