City Announces Debris Collection – Other Storm news

LOUISVILLE (Feb. 1, 2009) – Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the city will once again open storm debris dropoff sites for residents, and will begin curbside debris collection next week.

“The good news is that it appears there’s much less tree debris than we had in the windstorm. We had significant numbers of entire trees down in September, and now it looks like we have mostly branches,” Abramson said. “But it’s still going to be a labor-intensive process to clean up our city again.”

The mayor encouraged residents to review their garbage service’s guidelines on yard waste disposal. Most require limbs to be cut into lengths of about three feet, and for smaller branches to be bundled for collection.

“Many garbage services offer yard waste removal – and it may be easier for residents to simply utilize that disposal option,” Abramson said.

Storm Debris Dropoff Sites Open Tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, three sites will be open to residents to drop off storm debris. The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday:

· Hubbards Lane Public Works Facility, 595 Hubbards Lane

· Meriwether Public Works Facility, 600 Meriwether Ave.

· Behind the Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway

(enter off Saffron Drive)

The dropoff sites are open to private citizens only; no businesses or contractors. Building materials, such as shingles, fencing and siding, will not be accepted.

Curbside debris collection begins Monday, Feb. 9

Once again, Public Works and MSD crews will collect storm debris from each street in the city. If residents cannot use their garbage service’s yard waste plan or take their debris to a dropoff site, they may move the debris to the right-of-way for collection.

Curbside collection will begin Monday, Feb. 9. Residents are urged to begin moving debris to the curb over the next few days. Public Works administrators expect this round of debris collection to go more quickly than the fall collection because fewer whole trees are down.

“This will give citizens time to cut up tree debris and haul it to the right of way,” said Ted Pullen, director of Public Works. “We’ll use this week to do some routine maintenance on our trucks, which have been running nearly non-stop for a week.”

The crews that will collect the storm debris are the same crews that drive salt trucks, remove downed trees and repair potholes. Pullen expects some crews will be assigned to remove hanging limbs this week.

Residents should check the city’s debris map to determine their home’s grid assignment. Storm collection grids are again listed on the city website, louisvilleky.gov, and are also available by calling MetroCall 311.

This time, collection will begin with areas that were last for pickup from the September storm and go through the grid in reverse order. For example, in collection region “E”, crews will begin in box E-15 and go to E-14, E-13 and so on.

Collection dumpsters available to neighborhood groups, homeowners associations

Organizations, neighborhood groups or associations may apply to have a storm debris dumpster delivered and picked up from a neighborhood. Dumpsters are available on a first come, first served basis. Dumpsters will be left for up to three days. Groups may apply online at louisvilleky.gov.

Don’t burn storm debris

Fire officials remind citizens: Do not burn storm debris. It creates fire hazards and requires unnecessary fire runs when firefighters are needed elsewhere.

LG&E: 56,000 remain without power

Warmer temperatures and significant ice melt helped repair crews restore power to thousands over the weekend.

LG&E has restored power to 149,000 homes and businesses since the storm began. That leaves 56,000 customers without power.

JCPS back to school tomorrow

JCPS classes will resume on Tuesday at the regular time. School officials suggest that families use Monday as a preparation day for returning to school – walking school routes and making sure students have a clear path to bus stops.

MSD clearing catch basins

Crews from the Metropolitan Sewer District are out clearing catch basins, so the melting ice can drain. MSD Director Bud Schardein said there are 55,000 catch basins in the city – and citizens can help if they clear the ice and snow from basins near their home or business.

“Once the ice and snow melt, it has to drain somewhere or we’ll have flooding,” Schardein said.

Warming centers open Monday; food and snacks served

The city is opening nine warming centers – six community centers and three government centers –Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sandwiches and snacks will be served, free of charge.

The locations are:

Beechmont 361-5484 205 W. Wellington Rd.

California 574-2558 1600 W. St. Catherine St.

Newburg 456-8122 4810 Exeter Ave.

Portland 776-0913 640 North 27th St.

Southwick 775-6598 3621 Southern Ave.

Sun Valley 937-8802 6505 Bethany Lane

Urban Government Centers

East Government Center

200 Juneau Dr.

Southwest Government Center

7219 Dixie Highway

Central Government Center

7201 Outer Loop

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