Edited transcript of Tuesday's press conference on storm damage - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Edited transcript of Tuesday's press conference on storm damage

CHIP KEELING:
As the mayor said, we've restored 112,000 of our customers, in the LG&E service territory. We have about 189,000 customers that are still affected. We do have full crews out - we've got 1,100 boots on the ground ... we're looking good at this point but we're still very early in the stage of restoration. we're still saying 10 to 14 days.

we have about 277 broken poles - that's what gave you last night. That's increased to 327 through our assessment. We told you 5,300 downed wires; that's moved up to about 6,000 downed wires.

That has kept on escalating, and I can't tell enough between now and even into the weekend and probably maybe even further, we can't stress anymore the fact that we need people to stay away from downed power lines, and still give us calls about downed power lines, and we'd like to reach out to the parents of children that are not in school right now.

It's a beautiful day, your kids are out playing. Please, we'd like to stress to the parents, talk to your kids, talk about downed power lines, tell them to stay away from them, and have knowledge of where your children are playing.

We're continuing to work with the JCPS and with Oldham County School systems to try and bring schools up. We still have a number of schools that are still without power. I believe we're at approximately ... 62 schools are without power, of the 131. So we'll still be working with the school systems to help prioritize which schools need to be brought up - elementary, middle schools - which ones make the most sense for where our circuits are damaged the least.

MAYOR:
I'd like to take this moment and sort of challenge the members of our community to reach out to their neighbors that don't have power. It's so haphazard that on one side of the street you've got power, and on the other side of the street you don't.

I told the story earlier today - I walked down an alley over in Crescent Hill. One side had power, the other side didn't. The one side had four families with little babies, and you saw extension cords, where they were plugged into the side that had the power, brought it across so the refrigerators and the opportunity to heat up baby bottles were available. That's what this community is about during a difficult time: people pulling together.

We've had lots of neighbors working together to help remove major branches and trunks of trees. We need folks to reach out and to help each other. A lot of the faith-based groups, a lot of the churches are out and are supportive, and are available to help....

People are relating and connecting and helping each other.

In terms of the police, the National Guardsmen - this morning at about 6 o'clock in the morning 33 Guardsmen showed up - MPs - available to handle the intersections. I saw several of them this morning.

Out of the box, the traffic lights, they were off yesterday for rush hour. We brought the Guard men and women in and put them to specific locations. In fact, some of those traffic lights had been brought back on, so we relocated those guards men and women to other locations. they will be available for the flow of traffic to continue to work, along with police recruits some corrections guards. That's over 60 intersections that we'll have open and running. We are still clearing blocked roads. There's about 40 or 50 trees that still are entwined by wires. We don't know whether they are hot or not - we assume they're all hot....

Roads that are still blocked by trees with downed power lines: Taylorsville Road at Talbott; the 500 block of Longfield; Baxter Avenue and Beech Tree; Beech Tree (sp?) and Berry Blvd.; 19th and Magazine; and Seton Hall Road and Dawson Hill....

We went out last night, and we feel like we were able to relocate - in fact, we did - over 50 trees off the road, and the ones I just rattled off are still there with wires....

Fire officials - again, we have had runs on people burning debris. That is illegal - that is illegal. And we are asking folks not to burn debris.

Our water supply is in great shape, no problems, everything is reliable in that regard. Metropolitan Sewer District: everything is in great shape in terms of all of their facilities. We have had, as you know, LG&E is breaking in 600-800 people that will be coming in from other communities. They have to be housed somewhere. We have located a facility, we're working with the Red Cross for the cots. We're also working with the national Guard. They have asked for a location to bed down and provide food....

The Red Cross has already helped seven families who have had difficulties. the question has been asked over and over again: is the Red Cross going to be open? Based on the 211 calls, the 311 calls and the 911 calls, we haven't had a significant number of calls at all regarding the difficulties of folks in their homes.

BRIAN QUAYLE, HEAD OF RED CROSS
Right now in the state of Kentucky ... the requests for shelters where we opened up select shelter points, the population of those shelters is zero.

People are not coming to the shelters, they are staying in their homes. The calls that we are getting are obviously what we've been hearing through 211, 311 and others is: when will the power get back on? Where can I get dry ice?

What we're providing to them is locations where grocery stores are open, how to get what they need to sustain themselves over a period of time. At the same time, the Red Cross at 510 E. Chestnut still has its site open. We're open 24/7, so if people have a need they can come to 510 E. Chestnut and see us, but at this particular point in time throughout the state of Kentucky, the population is at zero for shelters.

So that's tell us that, in terms of what people are doing, working together within their communities, and we're working to meet those needs.....

 

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