Lexington Mayor and city officials give advice for winter conditions

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington mayor Linda Gorton held a news conference Friday morning to update the public on some of the impacts the weather’s having on residents.

“It really is February! We’re breaking in our new salt barn to help us keep the main roads clear,” Gorton said. “Citizens should allow extra travel time today and tomorrow, and be especially careful on side roads.”

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Rob Allen, Director of the Division of Streets and Roads, said road crews started treating roads Thursday night.

The Division of Police reported 41 non-injury collisions, 8 injury collisions, and 22 motorist assists between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m.

There was one fatality that was in part weather-related, according to authorities.

Firefighters urged citizens to use extra caution with space heaters.

“There should be a 3-foot radius around anything that produces heat, space heaters should not be left unattended, and should be plugged directly into a wall outlet,” said Major Jordan Saas.

Saas also encouraged people to be aware of possible sources of deadly carbon monoxide, including wood-burning fireplaces and generators for alternative heating sources.

Never warm a vehicle in an attached garage even with the garage door open, Saas said.

Officials say many of the Lexington homeless shelters are full, but they can expand, if needed.

“Several shelters need socks, hats, gloves and hand warmers,” said Polly Ruddick, Director of the Office of Homeless Intervention and Prevention.

Donations can be dropped off at Community Action Council on High Street, at the Hope Center, or the Salvation Army.

The Homeless Office Emergency Winter Weather Plan remains in effect through Saturday.

To report someone in need, contact the Compassionate Caravan at (859) 255-0301, or Lexington’s Street Outreach Team at (859) 533-1926.

Anyone needing assistance can dial 211, text their zip code to 898211 or visit uwbg211.org for locations of shelters and other resources in Lexington and surrounding counties.