Lexington city officials ready for winter storm
During the press conference, they also urged families to get prepared and be ready for what Mother Nature might bring.
Mayor Jim Gray urged citizens to stay off the roads Wednesday evening. He says, "Driving could be very dangerous tonight because of the sleet we expect before the snow. If you can stay off the roads tonight, please do."
During the last winter storm two weeks ago, the city says they had a lot of cars parked on the streets that got in the way of snow removal equipment, the mayor says.
To allow plows to work quickly, the city will open the Rupp Arena parking lot off Oliver Lewis Way for people to park their cars. The mayor says there will be no charge to park, but vehicles will need to be removed by Saturday morning.
Streets and Roads Director Albert Miller says street crews have already started working 12-hour shifts. "Our personnel have been checking catch basins and storm drains to prevent flooding on roadways," he says.
"Once the rain changes over to sleet and snow, crews will shift their focus to treating priority routes, bridges and overpasses," Miller says.
According to Miller, there will be about 100 people from the city out working on the roads. He says private contractors are also on standby to assist.
The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention has actiavted their winter weather plan through Friday. The office says anyone who needs help in locating appropriate shelter should dial 2-1-1.
Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham says that KU is monitoring the winter storm and they have people ready to respond if power goes out.