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City of Lexington working to clear ice on roads, remove fallen tree limbs, and restore power

Posted at 2:50 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 15:01:01-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The City of Lexington is working to clear ice as roads remain slick Thursday. Crews are also working to restore power.

As of 1:00 p.m. Thursday, 1,923 Kentucky Utilities customers, and 64 Bluegrass Energy customers in Fayette County were without power. Click here to see the latest outages.

Rob Allen, Director of Streets and Roads, said crews worked overnight, focusing on high-priority streets as a wintry mix fell on Lexington's streets. Crews have been working to clear downed trees that have been blocking roads.

Through Thursday evening, crews will continue clearing snow and slush out of the roads by priority order.

Police say between 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and noon Thursday, there were 3 injury collisions, 34 non-injury collisions, 29 motorist assists, 4 escorts, and 81 hazards. Police also assisted with blocked roadways and traffic signals that were not operating.

Firefighters responded to 236 incidents overnight, including 16 transformer fires, 5 wires down, and 24 injuries.

Parks and Recreation reported that Raven Run and McConnell Springs are closed because of the weather. There has not been extensive tree damage in parks, but there are limbs down at Bell House.

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention reported that many people who normally sleep outside came inside last night. Space is still available for others who want to come in. The Salvation Army has additional space for single fathers.

Community Action Council needs microwavable meals for clients. Community Action and Greenhouse17 need paper products, including paper towels and plates. For Community Action call (859) 533-9199. For GreenHouse17 call (800) 544-2022.

If you know of or see someone who appears to be in need of emergency shelter, call (859) 533-9199. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., call (859) 494-0470. For a list of all available shelters and transportation services, as well as other resources, visit here.

The Lexington Humane Society, 1600 Old Frankfort Pike, will reopen Friday, February 12. If you have an animal-related emergency, please call (859) 255-9033 to speak with a dispatch officer.

Citizens are encouraged to bring pets indoors during severe weather. While local ordinances always require shelter for pets during extreme weather, most outdoor shelters will be insufficient. To report abuse or neglect call the Humane Society at (859) 255-9033.

Citizens who normally have garbage pick up today have been moved to pick-up on Monday, Feb. 15. People who normally have Monday pick-up will be moved to Wednesday, Feb. 17.