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Hopkinsville Winter Storm Response Recap (February 2015)

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UPDATED 2-23-15
- Mayor Carter Hendricks thanks Hopkinsville residents for their cooperation and patience during a historic week of formidable winter weather events.  “Undaunted in the face of one of the most extreme weeks of weather our area has seen in some thirty years, our team of police, fire, and public works professionals worked hard to safeguard local residents and area travelers,” stated Mayor Hendricks.

Last week’s weather was truly one for the history books.  On Monday, twelve inches of snow fell followed by two to three inches on Tuesday and another inch each of snow and ice on Friday.  To top it off, 2.67 inches of rain fell on Saturday.  Mayor Hendricks noted, “Each of these weather events alone was enough to cause challenges.  When piled up as four events in six days, it made for a long, challenging, but ultimately successful effort.”

Efforts were successful indeed.  City officials report that, as a result of its ongoing storm response, nearly 90% of Hopkinsville roads are safely drivable. City crews continue to address the remaining side streets and cul-de-sacs as best as possible during the continued cold temperatures.

Logging nearly 1,000 manpower hours since Sunday, February 15, the response team’s accomplishments are noteworthy.

  • Sunday, February 15 and Monday, February 16: Crews assembled and began salting and plowing just after midnight and ran through the end of the day.  Plows and salt trucks focused on priority routes and were largely able to keep pace with Monday's event.
  • Tuesday, February 17: Crews ran from 5am until dark and continued to focus on priority routes and began to get into secondary routes.  Tuesday night's snowfall erased most of the day’s progress.
  • Wednesday, February 18: Crews ran from 5am until dark and had to return to priority routes first.  Once priority roads were plowed, teams were able to work on secondary and residential roads.
  • Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20: Crews ran from 5am until dark each day. On Thursday, teams made good progress with a primary focus on secondary and main residential roads.  On Friday, some resources were diverted to begin pretreating for the latest snow/ice event as well as to assess and address draining issues before significant forecast rainfall.
  • Saturday, February 21: Crews worked from 5am until dark. They continued work to address flooding concerns and draining issues, thereby preventing water issues from developing in several hot spots.  Plow and salt truck crews also worked during this time and continued to make progress in neighborhoods and on smaller secondary roads.
  • Sunday, February 22: Crews worked over six hours continuing to focus on plowing and clearing residential areas and smaller secondary streets.  By Sunday, most roads (over 85% or 125 miles of city roadway) had been plowed, and most remaining roads were drivable.
  • Throughout the week, no serious injuries were reported despite emergency personnel assisting nearly 300 motorists while police also worked over a dozen weather-related vehicle collisions.
  • As this week’s forecast temperatures remain low, crews will continue to treat and plow roadways as needed.  


The City of Hopkinsville offers special thanks to our media partners at Kentucky New Era, Lite 98.7, WHOP, WKDZ, and WHVO for their thorough coverage and work to keep the public informed of our real-time recovery efforts during this nearly unprecedented series of events.

For additional information about the city’s emergency weather response, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (270) 890-0200, visit us online at www.hopkinsvilleky.us, or "Like" the City of Hopkinsville on Facebook.


UPDATED February 20, 2015 - Mayor Carter Hendricks cautions the public to prepare for yet another round of winter storms forecast to begin this afternoon. “We’ve made significant strides recovering from near record snowfall despite below freezing temperatures this week; however, we are not completely out of the woods yet,” he said. Mayor Hendricks added, “Our crews need everyone’s help, cooperation, and patience as we continue efforts to keep city roadways safe during this next bout of severe winter weather.”

Continued Winter Weather/Rain Preparations

  • The Public Works Department will have crews ready to continue treating and plowing roadways at the first sign of accumulated snow.
  • Crews will begin on priority city streets and, if resources are available, address state roads as necessary.
  • In anticipation of heavy rain, warmer temperatures, and related melting snow, some crews will work to clear blocked stormwater drains to help minimize potential flooding.
  • As the weather system advances, the team will evaluate progress and adjust plans accordingly to allow for the continued removal any snow/ice buildup.

Travel Advisories

Residents are encouraged to stay home whenever travel is not absolutely necessary, especially as the wintry mix and freezing rain begin to fall. Those who must drive are urged to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling. The public is encouraged to prepare for possible flash flooding, in addition to slick roadways, due to the amount of rainfall expected on top of the existing snow cover.

The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” in effect from noon today until 6:00 a.m. Saturday. According to emergency management officials, snow is expected in Hopkinsville between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Snow will be followed by a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet from 6:00 p.m. until midnight with 0.1 to 0.25 inch of accumulation. Freezing rain will follow from midnight to 4:00 a.m. At that time, rains will begin and last throughout the better part of the day with a total accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.

Public Preparation

The public is also encouraged to proactively prepare for severe weather by taking the following steps:

· Staying informed. Be aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band, so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.

· Making a plan. Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop an emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants.

· Making a list of emergency phone numbers and keeping a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.

· Maintaining an emergency supply kit. Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets. Keep the following items readily available:

o Flashlights (not candles)
o Fresh batteries
o Battery-operated clock radio
o Corded telephone
o Fully charged cell phone
o Non-perishable foods
o Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation)
o First aid kit
o Blankets

Available Shelter

Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the following shelters:

Salvation Army
304 East 7th Street
(270) 885-6006, Shelter
(270) 885-9633, Office

Micah Mission Center
209 South Main Street
(270) 559-9511

For additional information, please call (270) 890-0200.


UPDATED February 18, 2015 (PM) – Mayor Carter Hendricks announced that all city offices will reopen tomorrow on regular schedules.  City Hall will resume public business at 8:00 a.m.  “We look forward to getting back in the office and into our regular routines,” stated Mayor Hendricks.  “This wouldn’t have been possible without the able and coordinated efforts of local, county, and state forces to combat the extraordinary winter weather we’ve experienced.  We are especially proud of the top notch performance of our teams of professionals at Public Works as well as our Police and Fire emergency personnel.”

Emergency Snow Removal

  • The Public Works Department - Street and City Grounds Divisions made several complete passes of priority routes with salt and plows this week.
  • As priority and secondary streets are cleared, teams continue plowing other snow buildup and roadways, including those in residential areas as resources allowed.
  • After three straight days of twelve to fifteen-hour shifts, road crews will return to plowing secondary and residential city streets beginning early Thursday morning.
  • With four plows and over 150 miles of city maintained streets to cover, crews will keep moving as quickly and safely as possible; however, restoring every street will take time.
  • To aid in the plowing of residential streets, the public is asked to avoid parking on the street where possible.  Having a clear passageway for equipment is especially important on narrow roadways.


Travel Advisories
Brutally cold weather will continue through tomorrow evening.  Residents are encouraged to stay home whenever travel is not necessary, especially in the overnight hours.  Those who must drive are urged to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.  Hopkinsville Transit will operate abbreviated routes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Those with questions about public bus travel should call (270) 890-6055.

Warming Shelters
Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the following warming shelters:

Salvation Army         
304 East 7th Street    
(270) 885-6006, Shelter
(270) 885-9633, Office 
                               
Micah Mission Center
209 South Main Street
(270) 559-9511
                                                               
For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0600. 


UPDATED February 18, 2015 (AM) - Mayor Carter Hendricks reports that, while work remains to be done on secondary streets, significant progress has been made to restore priority city roads.  “With another dozen of hours of snow removal activity, city road crews have risen to the formidable task of tackling the aftermath of the winter weather we are experiencing,” stated Mayor Hendricks.  “They continue to step up despite frigid temperatures as we strive to return Hopkinsville to its normal routine.  Even colder temperatures and possibly more snow are on the way, so public’s cooperation continues to be important.”

Emergency Snow Removal

  • The Public Works Department - Street and City Grounds Divisions made three complete passes of priority routes with salt and plows on Monday and Tuesday.
  • As those routes were cleared, teams continued plowing snow buildup along secondary city streets and other areas of reported concern as resources allowed.
  • Along with emergency personnel, road crews also assisted a number of motorists.
  • Crews returned to plowing priority and secondary routes at 4:00 a.m. this morning.  Teams were on standby to deploy earlier if merited by forecast additional snowfall.
  • As priority streets are cleared, teams will continue the process of plowing other snow buildup as circumstances require.


Closures & Cancellations
Non-essential city offices will be closed Wednesday as cleanup continues.  The regularly scheduled City Council meeting is rescheduled to Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Travel Advisories
While the heaviest snowfall is behind us, forecasts predict at least an additional inch of snow will fall between midnight and this morning.  Temperatures with anticipated wind chills are also expected to be below freezing tonight and tomorrow night.  Based on the current forecast and the significant snowfall already experienced, the city urges residents to stay home whenever travel is not necessary, especially in the overnight hours. 

Those who must drive are urged to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.  Travelers are also cautioned to avoid crossing snow-covered medians or center lanes on major roads.  As driving over accumulated snow can make it unsafe to operate a vehicle, motorists should instead use cleared intersections for turning.

Available Shelter
Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the following shelters:

Salvation Army                                         
304 East 7th Street                                            
(270) 885-6006, Shelter                                
(270) 885-9633, Office

Micah Mission Center
209 South Main Street  
(270) 559-9511 

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


UPDATED February 17, 2015 – Mayor Carter Hendricks reports city road crews are hard at work this morning continuing to clear streets of accumulated snowfall. Reporting to work well before dawn, crews rejoined police and fire personnel in their emergency response efforts. “Our team is committed to working tirelessly to clear our streets and to returning the community to a normal routine as quickly as possible,” stated Mayor Hendricks. “With that in mind, we do ask for patience as we redouble our efforts to meet the demands of the storm’s aftermath with the resources at our disposal.”

Emergency Snow Removal

  • The Public Works Department - Street and City Grounds Divisions made complete passes of priority routes with salt and plows during Monday’s unrelenting snowfall.
  • Crews returned to plowing those treated priority routes early this morning.
  • Once those routes are cleared, the team will continue the process of plowing snow buildup as circumstances require.
  • Crews will also continue treating and plowing secondary city streets and, if resources are available, they will address state roads as necessary.

Closures & Cancellations
Non-essential city offices will be closed today as cleanup continues. Tonight’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 19 at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise reports residential and commercial collection services will resume today and operate on a one-day delay as weather permits.

Travel Advisories
As many areas have experienced significant snowfall coupled with frigid temperatures, residents are encouraged to stay home whenever travel is not absolutely necessary. Those who must drive are urged to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.

Remember that accumulated snow and related low temperatures make travel more dangerous; therefore, motorists are reminded to be well prepared, to increase stopping distances, and to allow more time to reach their destinations. Travelers are also cautioned to avoid crossing snow-covered medians or center lanes on major roads. As driving over accumulated snow can make it unsafe to operate a vehicle, motorists should instead use cleared intersections for turning.

Available Shelter
Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the following shelters:

Salvation Army
304 East 7th Street
(270) 885-6006, Shelter
(270) 885-9633, Office

Micah Mission Center
209 South Main Street
(270) 559-9511

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


UPDATED February 16, 2015 – Mayor Carter Hendricks extends heartfelt appreciation to city Public Works crews and emergency personnel in the Police and Fire Departments whose proactive preparations and swift actions throughout the most significant parts of the snow storm have contributed greatly to the safety of local residents and area travelers.  "Our road response team is taking a well earned break after being actively engaged in snow removal for some fifteen hours," Mayor Hendricks noted.  "We thank city crews for their dedication and commitment and appreciate the public's cooperation with advisories to stay off the roads whenever possible, especially in the overnight hours."

Emergency Snow Removal Procedures
- The Public Works Department - Street and City Grounds Divisions made a complete pass of regular routes with salt and plows.
- Crews will return to plowing those treated priority routes early Tuesday morning.
- Once another run is made of all of normal routes, the team will begin the process of plowing any buildup of snow as circumstances require.
- Crews will continue treating and plowing city streets first and, if resources are available, they will address state roads as necessary.

Forecasts & Travel Advisories
Many areas have reported seven to nine inches of snowfall with additional accumulation possible.  With temperatures forecast to remain below freezing through Friday, the public is urged to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.  Whenever travel is not necessary, motorists are encouraged to stay home. 

For those who must drive, keep in mind that accumulated snow and related low temperatures make travel more dangerous; therefore, motorists are reminded to increase stopping distances and to allow more time to reach their destinations. 
 
Available Shelter
Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the following shelters:
Salvation Army                                                          
304 East 7th Street                                                      
(270) 885-6006, Shelter                                             
(270) 885-9633, Office
 
Micah Mission Center
209 South Main Street
(270) 559-9511

Public Preparation
The public is also encouraged to remain proactively prepared for severe weather by taking the following steps:
- Staying informed.  Be aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band, so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
- Making a plan.  Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop an emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants.
- Making a list of emergency phone numbers and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.
- Maintaining an emergency supply kit.  Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets. Keep the following items readily available:

o    Flashlights – not candles
o    Fresh batteries
o    Battery-operated clock radio
o    Corded telephone
o    Fully charged cell phone
o    Non-perishable foods
o    Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
o    First aid kit
o    Blankets
 
Other Potential Closures/Delays
If needed, notice regarding the potential cancellation of city meetings or shortening of city office hours will be communicated to the public by way of local media outlets.
 
For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0200.
POSTED February 15, 2015 - Mayor Carter Hendricks reassures the public that Hopkinsville personnel are ready and mobilizing in preparation for forecasted significant snow and winter weather beginning today into tomorrow.  "With the extended cold and inclement weather expected to impact our region, we are taking proactive measures to be ready," said Mayor Hendricks.  "I have enlisted the support of key state, county, and local emergency management agencies and departments to begin coordinating activities for the safety and convenience of Hopkinsville residents.”

Emergency Snow Removal Procedures

·         The Public Works Department - Street Division will have a full crew ready at 12 midnight.

·         Crews will begin salting at the first sign of an accumulation of snow.  Once the first run is made of all of normal routes, the team will begin the process of plowing any buildup of snow as circumstances require.

·         The Public Works Department - City Grounds Division will begin salting nursing home and city-owned parking lots and other facilities at 2:00 a.m. on Monday. They will begin plowing excess snow buildup as soon as required.

·         Crews will be treating and plowing city streets first and, if resources are available, we will address any state roads as necessary.

·         Once the initial deicing process is completed, all crews will be working on plowing of any accumulated snow.

·         Crews will be working through the initial 12 to 16 hours of the storm.

·         Monday in the afternoon late, we will evaluate our progress and formulate a continuation of the existing plan or develop a new one to allow us to continue us to remove any snow buildup that has occurred.

Forecasts & Travel Advisories

The heaviest snow is scheduled to arrive around midnight and last through the early afternoon on Monday with some models predicting the accumulation of 8 to 12 inches.  Temperatures with anticipated wind chills are also expected to be below freezing through Friday. 

Based on the current forecast, the city urges residents to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling tonight and tomorrow.  Keep in mind that snow 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, especially in the event of significant snowfall amounts, motorists are encouraged to stay home.

Available Shelter

Those needing emergency accommodations are encouraged to contact the following shelters:

Salvation Army                                                           Micah Mission Center

304 East 7th Street                                                       209 South Main Street

(270) 885-6006, Shelter                                              (270) 559-9511

(270) 885-9633, Office

 

Public Preparation

The public is also encourage to proactively prepare for severe weather by taking the following steps:

·         Staying informed.  Be aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band, so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.

·         Making a plan.  Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop an emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants.

·         Making a list of emergency phone numbers and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.

·         Maintaining an emergency supply kit.  Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets. Keep the following items readily available:

o    Flashlights – not candles

o    Fresh batteries

o    Battery-operated clock radio

o    Corded telephone

o    Fully charged cell phone

o    Non-perishable foods

o    Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation

o    First aid kit

o    Blankets

 

Other Potential Closures/Delays

At this time, Hopkinsville Transit officials anticipate service will operate on a two-hour delay; therefore, the 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. routes will not run.  A final determination regarding the rest of the day’s service will be made on Monday around 7:00 a.m.

If needed, notice regarding the potential cancellation of city meetings or shortening of city office hours will be communicated to the public by way of local media outlets. 

For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0200.