Alcalde: Prepárese. Se viene otra vez!

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Alcalde: Prepárese. Se viene otra vez!

Con los pronósticos del tiempo indicando hielo y nieve iniciando esta tarde y continuando toda la noche, el alcalde Jim Gray urgió a los residentes a prepararse. “Prepárese. Se viene otra vez. Hoy podemos seguir el eslogan de la División de Manejo de Emergencia: Prepárese, tenga un plan”, Dijo Gray. “Esto no es acerca de crear ansiedad y estrés. Urgimos precaución, a estar alerta,y realizar lo que hacemos los ciudadanos de Léxington, cuidarnos los unos a los otros. A eso agregaría, eche un ojo a sus vecinos. Ayude a los vecinos que no puedan palear nieve de sus aceras”. Gray ha urgido a los ciudadanos a mantenerse fuera de las carreteras y avenidas en cuanto sea posible. “Conducir puede ser peligroso esta noche. Si no tiene que manejar, no lo haga”, agregó.

Estacionar

Ahora hablemos acerca de los autos estacionados en la calle y que pueden interrumpir la labores de limpieza”, dijo Gray. “Como aprendimos durante la última tormenta su auto puede quedar bloqueado durante varios día por los camiones de limpieza de nieve en las calles”.

Calles y Caminos

Las cuadrillas de limpieza ya iniciaron sus turnos de 12 horas. “Nuestro personal se encuentra revisando desembocaduras, drenajes para prevenir inundaciones en las calles. En este momento todavía no se puede tratar el asfalto hasta que deje de llover. La ciudad tienen cerca de 1oo personas de Calles y Caminos, Parques, Calidad de Agua trabajando en las calles. Se ha notificado a los contratistas privados de estar alerta. La ciudad tiene aproximadamente 4.100 toneladas de sal en mano y puede ordenar más suministro.

Inundaciones

El suelo está saturado y la tormenta puede causar inundaciones. Se les notifica a los ciudadanos no cruzar arroyos o zonas inundadas. Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Desde las 6 de la tarde de hoy miércoles el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia se encentra monitoreando la tormenta. El público puede seguir el desarrollo de la tormenta en Twister de la División de Manejos de Emergencia en @LexKYEM y Facebook www.facebook.com/LexingtonKYEM. Personas con situaciones de emergencia pueden llamar al 9-1-1. Para asistencia de situaciones que no son emergencias con la policía puede llamar al 258-3600.   La ciudad se encuentra preparada y lista para ayudar a los ciudadanos en necesidad de ayuda. Albergues para los desamparados están listos y se han distribuido en la comunidad y la prensa.

Algunos planes específicos: Albergues de Emergencia las 24-HORAS (7 días)   Los siguientes centros están abiertos • Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.   • Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St .   • Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17 yrs.), 536 West Third St .   • Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St. Centros de Claentamiento Diurnos   • Arbor Youth Services, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. drop-in center for youth 18-25, 540 W. Third, Lunes y Martes,.   • Dunbar Recreation Center, 545 N. Upper St., Lunes y Martes 8 a.m.-8 p.m.   • New Life Day Center, 224 North Martin Luther King Blvd., special extended hours Lunes y Martes 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.   • Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville RdLunes y Martes 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Mayor: Get ready. It’s coming. Again.

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With forecasts for sleet and heavy snow beginning this afternoon and continuing into the evening, Mayor Jim Gray urged residents to prepare. “Get ready. It’s coming. Again. Today we can all follow the motto of our Division of Emergency Management: Be Prepared. Have a Plan,” Gray said. “This is not about encouraging anxiety and stress. We are here to urge caution, be alert, aware, and do what Lexington citizens do best…care for one another. And I would add, check on your neighbors. Help your neighbors who can’t shovel their sidewalks or driveways.” Gray urged citizens to stay off the roads this evening, if possible. “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,” he said.  

Parking

“Now let’s talk about cars parked on the streets that get in the way of snow removal equipment,” Gray said. “As we learned from the last storm, your vehicle can get blocked in for several days because of the plows and the windrows they cause.”  

Streets and Roads Streets crews have already started working 12-hour shifts.  “Our personnel have been checking catch basins and storm drains to prevent flooding on roadways. We can’t pre-treat today because of the rain,” said Streets & Roads Director Albert Miller. “Once the rain changes over to sleet and snow, crews will shift their focus to treating priority routes, bridges and overpasses.” Altogether we will have about 100 people from Streets and Roads, Parks and Water Quality out working on our streets. Private contractors have been notified and are on standby. The City has approximately 4,100 tons of salt on hand and can order additional supplies, if needed.

Flooding The ground is saturated and the storm may cause flooding on the roads. Citizens are encouraged not to walk through or drive through flood water.

Emergency Operations Center Beginning at 6 tonight, the city’s Emergency Operations Center will open to monitor the storm and for communications. The public can track updates via the Division of Emergency Management’s Twitter account @LexKYEM and Facebook page www.facebook.com/LexingtonKYEM. Citizens with emergencies should continue to call 9-1-1. For non-emergency assistance call Police at 258-3600.

Stay indoors, protect family members and animals The City is asking citizens to watch out for their neighbors, particularly the elderly and people who live alone or those with special needs, and for pets as the city prepares for bitter cold weather forecast for this week.       This city is prepared and ready to help citizens in need. There are open warming centers that will be available to all citizens. Shelters for the homeless are in place and alerts have been distributed widely within the community and press, Gray said. Specific plans include:

24-HOUR EMERGENCY SHELTER (7 days a week) As a standing policy, when temperatures are below freezing, the Hope Center , Salvation Army and Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center are open 24 hours a day. In addition the Catholic Action Center will be open 24 hours because of the extreme temperatures. People seeking relief from the elements may come at any time and are not required to leave. • Hope Center Emergency Shelter for Men, 360 W. Loudon Ave.   • Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, 722 W. Main St .   • Arbor Youth Services MASH Drop Inn Center (youth 0-17 yrs.), 536 West Third St .   • Catholic Action Center, 400 East 5th St. will be open 24 hours starting today and through the extreme weather conditions. DAYTIME WARMING CENTERS   • Arbor Youth Services, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. drop-in center for youth 18-25, 540 W. Third, Monday and Tuesday,.   • Dunbar Recreation Center, 545 N. Upper St., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.   • New Life Day Center, 224 North Martin Luther King Blvd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.   • Senior Citizens Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd., special extended hours Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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