City & state officials give update on wind storm damage

By Scott Reynolds - bio | email     
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Damage caused by the wind storm has thousands wondering when power will be restored. Mayor Jerry Abramson and Governor Steve Beshear addressed that issue and many more Monday afternoon in a press conference.

More than 500,000 Kentuckians were without power at one point and still Monday night, about 200,000 were waiting for the lights to come back on. For some, that will happen Tuesday. For others, it might be more than a week.

From Air 3, you could easily see the widespread devastation. In addition to all the damage to your trees and home, LG&E needs to fix 277 downed utility poles and 5,300 downed wires.

"This is the biggest outage on record in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," said Gov. Beshear.

Help to fix the huge mess will come from the Kentucky National Guard. More than 100 troops will be helping LG&E workers clearing debris and manning all those intersections currently without stoplights.

"We'll in fact be able to double the number of intersections that we've had coverage on today. We'll be able to double that tomorrow as a result of the National Guard support," said Mayor Abramson.

Some Jefferson County schools suffered minor damage. Most of that has been repaired already, but only 50 of 154 had power early Monday evening. Superintendent Sheldon Berman says parents should plan accordingly.

"I think they should make some plans for the week at this point, but we're going to try to be in session as quickly as we can," Dr. Berman said.

One other job that remains is figuring out the total cost caused by Sunday's storm and applying for federal disaster relief.

Dr. Berman says the decision to keep Jefferson County schools closed is one that will be made on a day to day basis.

Louisville Metro government has set up 9 drop off sites where the public can take storm debris. The sites listed below will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Hubbards Lane Public Works Facility, 595 Hubbards Lane
  • Meriwether Public Works Facility, 600 Meriwether Ave.
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
  • Newburg Public Works Facility, 3528 Newburg Road
  • Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway
  • Highview Park, 7201 Outer Loop
  • Vettiner Park, 5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Road
  • McNeeley Park, 10500 Cedar Creek Road
  • Cox Park, 3730 River Road
  • Sun Valley Park, 6616 Ashby Lane

Louisville fire officials remind citizens not to burn storm debris. It is against the law, creates fire hazards and requires unnecessary fire runs when firefighters are needed elsewhere.