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Hopkinsville Winter Emergency Response (2/15/21)

2/15/21 – City Braces for Additional Winter Weather

City officials reassure the public that work continues to address recent snowfall and to mobilize against upcoming snow events in Hopkinsville.
 
Emergency Preparation for Ice/Snow Removal
 
· Coordination continues between city, county, and state transportation officials along with Christian County Emergency Management in preparation for additional rounds of forecast winter weather.
 
· Hopkinsville Public Works crews activated at 5:00am today and will operate throughout the day removing the approximately 1.5” of snowfall from last night before the tackling more intense rounds of snow to begin today.
 
· Continued salt applications will only be made when weather and road conditions permit, as salt becomes less effective at melting snow at 20°F or below.
 
Closures & Cancellations
 
· For the safety of city employees and the public, non-essential city offices, including the License & Revenue (Tax) Office, will be closed until Monday, February 22 as road clearing continues. Staff will work from home where possible.
 
· Hopkinsville Solid Waste has also suspended services today. Roadways will be re-evaluated again tomorrow.
 
· The February 16, 2021 City Council meeting has been cancelled; however, the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for February 18 will be held virtually and streamed live online for free at hoptown.org/tv. Live Streaming and Video on Demand may be accessed from computers, laptops, or mobile devices (e.g., iPad, smart phone, or tablet). Viewers may also watch City TV via Facebook Live @CityofHopkinsville or by tuning in to Spectrum Channel 376.
 
Travel Advisories
 
Unless travel is absolutely necessary, motorists are urged to stay home and keep off the roadways as much as possible allowing road crews room to work. This is especially important as visibility is expected to be severely diminished by blowing snow during today’s forecast snow event. Those who must drive are advised to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling. Keep in mind that icy roadways, related low temperatures, blowing snow, and high winds can make travel especially treacherous; therefore, motorists are reminded to increase stopping distances and to allow more time to reach their destinations.
 
The potential for freezing rain and/or sleet before another round of snow is high for the weather event expected later this week. Therefore, travelers are again cautioned to avoid crossing ice and snow-covered medians or center lanes on major roads. As driving over accumulations can make it unsafe to operate a vehicle, motorists should instead use cleared intersections for turning.
 
Emergency Weather Event Shelter
 
Those needing emergency accommodations are strongly encouraged to contact the Salvation Army, located at 304 East 7th Street, by phone at (270) 885-6006 (Shelter) or (270) 885-9633 (Office).
 
Contact Us
 
For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call Hopkinsville Public Works at (270) 890-0600.

2/11/21 - City officials reassure the public that Hopkinsville personnel are ready and mobilized to address this week’s winter weather.  City road crews have deployed well stocked salt trucks and snow plows to continue clearing streets of accumulated ice and snowfall.  Other emergency personnel are also available to respond to emergencies as needed.  

“While every winter storm is different, posing various challenges, these are the emergencies our public safety teams train for. They are professionals, committed to the care and wellbeing of our residents,” stated Mayor Wendell Lynch.  “Considering the level of ice presented with this storm system, we do ask the public for patience and assistance by remaining off the roads as much as possible while roadways are being cleared.” 

Emergency Preparation for Ice/Snow Removal

·       Christian County Emergency Management met with all utilities and department heads in preparation for the ice event.

·       City crews have salted all four primary routes and many secondary routes on neighborhood streets

·       Once the initial deicing process is completed, crews will work on plowing any accumulated snow, as needed. 

Closures & Cancellations

·       Non-essential city offices, including the License & Revenue (Tax) Office, will be closed today as road clearing continues.  Hopkinsville Solid Waste has also suspended services today.  Should the weather allow, Solid Waste will resume services tomorrow on a one-day delayed schedule.  

Travel Advisories

The city urges residents who must drive to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.  Keep in mind that icy roadways and related low temperatures can make travel more dangerous; therefore, motorists are reminded to increase stopping distances and to allow more time to reach their destinations.  Whenever travel is not necessary, motorists are encouraged to stay home. 

Travelers are also cautioned to avoid crossing ice and snow-covered medians or center lanes on major roads.  As driving over accumulations can make it unsafe to operate a vehicle, motorists should instead use cleared intersections for turning.

Emergency Weather Event Shelter

Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army, located at 304 East 7th Street, by phone at (270) 885-6006 (Shelter) or (270) 885-9633 (Office). 

Public Preparation

The public is encouraged to remain prepared for severe weather by staying informed, making a plan and a list of emergency phone numbers as well as maintaining an emergency supply kit including fresh batteries in case of power outages.  Don’t forget to fill any gas and propane tanks and/or charge phones. Be mindful of fire and carbon monoxide risks of using supplemental heat in your home and use due caution. 

Please remember to check on your family and neighbors. Also, bring in any pets and be extra cautious if you are outside.  Anyone needing a wellness check should be reported by calling (270) 890-1300 to be placed on a list for the Police Department or the Sheriff's Department.

Downed Lines or Electrical Outages

In the event of downed power lines or poles, please call 911 to report them and avoid the area.  Assume all lines are live and extremely dangerous. 

Hopkinsville Electric System Customers

To report an electrical service outage, call (270) 887-4216.  Please note, if the line is busy, it is because HES receives hundreds of calls during an outage. This means it is highly likely your neighborhood outage has already been reported. Also, HES’ new electronic meter system allows staff to see each home that is without power. Once an outage is reported, an orange alert bar will be enabled at the top edge of the website at hop-electric.com and posted in the outage information section at facebook.com/HESEnergyNet. 

Pennyrile Electric Customers

To report an electrical service outage, call (270) 886-2555, text “out” to 85700, or use the PRECC mobile app.  Please do not attempt to report outages through Facebook.  You may track the status of outages at outage.precc.com. 

To enroll in outage text messaging:

-       Text “PRECC” to 85700.

-        You will receive a confirmation text verifying your enrollment.  If your mobile number is not listed on your account, you will need to log in to the member portal at precc.com to update your information or call your local Pennyrile Electric office.

-        When you need to report an outage, text “out” to 85700. (Save 85700 in your contacts for easy reporting in the future.)

-       Text “status” for updates during the outage.

-       Once power has been restored, a text confirming the restoration will be sent to you.

-       You can opt out at any time by texting “Stop” to 85700. 

Contact Us

For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0600.