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Another day of 'digging out' as city crews continue snow treatment efforts

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Karyn Czar
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Fayette County Public Schools and other districts canceled classes Friday, and the University of Kentucky campus closed as the city continues to recover from Thursday's winter storm. Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday declared a State of Emergency in Kentucky. WUKY's Karyn Czar spoke with Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.

With the snow falling late into the evening,

yesterday marked the seventh snowiest day in Lexington's weather

records, with nearly 10 inches of snow in places. City crews are

continuing to work around the clock to treat the roads. Motorists are

encouraged to stay off the roads, if possible. Although the snow has

stopped, cold temperatures have provided challenges.

City crews continued to work overnight treating all rank 1 and approximately half of the rank 2 roads in accordance with the City’s snow plan.

Waste Management, Sanitary Sewer, Environmental Services, Code

Enforcement, Sewer Treatment, and Parks employees are assisting with

snow removal. The day shift used 600 tons of salt in yesterday’s road

treatment efforts; numbers from the night shift were not yet available.

Workers will continue 12-hours shifts until all ranked roads have been

treated.

Motorists are urged to not travel

unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, slow down, increase your

braking distance and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Since

midnight, the Lexington Police Department has responded to one

non-injury collision, four motorist assists, and three traffic hazards.

The Lexington Police Dept. is temporarily suspending reporting non-injury collisions in Fayette County. Learn what to do if you are involved in a non-injury collision.

There

will be no garbage pick-up on Friday. Friday pick-ups will be made on

Wednesday, Jan. 12. On Saturday, Jan. 8, Waste Management will service

downtown, emergencies and any Thursday pick-ups that weren’t completed

because of weather.

The Free Trash Disposal Day planned for Saturday, Jan. 8 will be rescheduled for a later date.

Non-emergency

City offices that are not involved in snow removal will be closed on

Friday, Jan. 7, because of weather conditions.

The Lexington Senior Center will be closed on Friday, Jan. 7.

The

Family Care Center will be closed Friday. The UK Clinic will operate

normal hours, but patients are advised to call ahead just to be sure.

The Samuel Brown Health Center and City Employee Pharmacy will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7.

With the cold weather, residents are reminded that prolonged exposure to dangerous cold temperatures can put pets in danger. If you believe you have witnessed the mistreatment, neglect or abuse of an animal, contact Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control at (859) 255-9033 ext. 221. Your contact information will be kept confidential.

Emergency Weather Plan

The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention’s Community Emergency Winter Weather plan has

been activated and will remain so through the morning of Saturday, Jan.

8 due to the cold temperatures. Catholic Action Center is partnering

with Lighthouse Ministry to provide shelter from Thursday opening at 3

p.m. through 10 a.m. Saturday. Lighthouse is located at 190 Spruce

St. For a list of all available shelters and transportation services, as

well as other resources, visit uwbg211.org.

How to stay informed during the winter season

Website:

Get the most up-to-date information about the measures the City is

taking to ensure the wellness and safety of our residents at lexingtonky.gov/snowupdates. You can also view the snow and ice control plan with street and sidewalk rankings.

Social media:

Get information on accidents, lane blockages, snow-and-ice trouble

spots and road closures through the City’s Twitter accounts at @lexwrecks and @lexkypolice. General information, including, emergency and time-sensitive information, is available on the City’s Facebook account.

Traffic cameras: Traffic at major intersections can be viewed in real time through the city’s traffic cameras at lexingtonky.gov/traffic.