Lexington braces as extreme heat takes hold

City activates Phase 1 Heat Alert
Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 06:50:05-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As temperatures approach the 90s, Lexington Emergency Management has activated a Phase 1 Heat Alert.

The combination of heat and humidity can lead to an increased risk of heat-related stress and illness, especially with young children and elderly. Officials advise everyone to drink plenty of water and to avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day.

If possible, check on elderly neighbors.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has activated its Emergency Summer Weather Plan. The Hope Center HopeMobile will be covering these extended days and will be distributing water, sunscreen, and other supplies. The Hope Center HopeMobile can be contacted at 859-252-7881.

You can also find a list of cooling shelters here.

Lexington's Division of Waste Management has decided to adjust the regular trash collection schedule for Tuesday.

Commercial pickups will begin at 3 a.m. on Tuesday and residential pickups will begin at 4 a.m.

The adjustment of these times will reduce the employees' risk of injuries related to the heat, such as dehydration. Employees will finish their routes before the temperautes peak on Tuesday.

"Getting an early start will protect our employees by them not operating collection vehicles and servicing containers during the hottest time of the day," Tracy Thurman, director of the Division of Waste Management, said.

Waste carts need to be placed on the curb Monday night as usual.

The heat index will be around 110 on Tuesday.

The pools will start closing on Tuesday. Below is a list of when each pool closes:

  • Castlewood: last day open Tuesday, Aug. 13.
  • Southland: last day open Tuesday, Aug. 13.
  • Tates Creek: last day open Monday, Sept. 2.
  • Shillito: last day open Monday, Sept. 2.
  • Woodland: last day open Monday, Sept. 2.