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Winter Storm Update: Roads Set for Weekend Thaw (Updated 3-6-15 PM)

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UPDATED March 6, 2015 – Mayor Carter Hendricks praised the remarkable efforts of city road crews and emergency personnel to overcome yet a second nearly record winter storm in less than three weeks. He noted, “I continue to be impressed by the hard work of our city’s crews, volunteers, and countless good Samaritans who tirelessly lend their hands to help recover from this historic winter weather event.”

The Public Works snow removal team were out in full force today beginning at 6:00 a.m. They are scheduled to continue until 4:00 p.m. Crews have made measurable progress in most neighborhoods throughout the community and have plowed 95% of residential streets and 100% of priority routes making them passable.

With welcomed assistance from warmer temperatures over the weekend, officials are optimistic all roadways will be returned to normal conditions soon.

As such, Hopkinsville Transit and all city offices are scheduled to resume regular schedules on Monday, March 9.

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


UPDATED March 5, 2015 PM – City road response crews continue to make strides plowing primary roads.  They have also begun to see progress on larger secondary and main residential roads; however, work remains to be done.  To assist in the recovery of city streets, road graders have been dispatched to help address the underlying ice.  Residents and business owners are also asked to avoid shoveling snow from sidewalks, driveways, or parking lots into the roadways, as this hampers plowing efforts.  Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks noted, “Please know that we are moving as quickly and as safely as we can.”  He added, “Once nightfall arrives and temperatures drop, our team will rest before redeploying tomorrow.”

Emergency Snow Removal
The Public Works snow removal team continued to work until around 6:00 p.m. this evening to maximize daylight hours.  They will resume treating and clearing roadways at 6:00 a.m. on Friday after more than 24 hours of service between Wednesday and Thursday.  Of some 150 miles of city maintained streets, crews used six trucks, two graders, and two backhoes to clear 100% of primary routes and 25-30% of residential streets.  All primary routes and 20% of residential streets were also plowed yesterday evening and into the night; however, with the heavy snowfall, they were snow covered again in an hour.

Travel Advisories
The city expects to see its coldest temperatures of the week tonight, so members of the public are encouraged to take appropriate precautions.  Residents are also strongly encouraged to stay home whenever travel is not absolutely necessary.  Those who must drive are urged to use extreme caution.  Motorists are reminded 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, travelers should instead use cleared intersections for turning.

Closures & Cancellations
Hopkinsville Solid Waste plans to resume residential and commercial collection services on Friday. 

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) 890-3672
(270) 559-9511

For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0600.
UPDATED March 5, 2015 AM – Mayor Carter Hendricks reports snowfall continues with more than eight inches already on the ground in most reporting locations. Underneath is another inch or so of sleet.  “With that in mind, we urge the public to be extremely cautious and stay inside whenever possible while road crews and emergency personnel continue their work,” stated Mayor Hendricks.  “Please remain patient as this latest round of weather will present challenges unique to what we faced a couple of weeks ago.  It's going to take our resources time to deal with this event.”

Emergency Snow Removal
City maintenance crews began salting and plowing primary routes, emergency services facilities, nursing homes, and neighborhood roads yesterday afternoon.  They continued work until 2:00 a.m. this morning and will return around 7:00 a.m. after getting some well-earned rest.  At that time, crews will return first to plowing priority roads in order to keep emergency routes cleared for traffic in light of the significant sleet and snow accumulation.  Crews will also continue treating and plowing secondary city streets, as resources allow.

Closures & Cancellations
Non-essential city offices will be closed today as road clearing continues. Hopkinsville Transit and Hopkinsville Solid Waste have also suspended services.  Should the weather allow, Hopkinsville Solid Waste will resume services tomorrow on a one-day delayed schedule.

Travel Advisories
Residents are strongly encouraged to stay home whenever travel is not absolutely necessary.  Those who must drive are urged to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.  Motorists are reminded to be well prepared, to increase stopping distances, to allow more time to reach their destinations, and to take emergency kits with them.  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) 890-3672
(270) 559-9511

For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0600.
March 4, 2015 – Mayor Carter Hendricks encourages the public to join the city in proactively preparing for yet another forecast bought of winter weather.  “Our teams are again mobilized for the winter storm expected today through tomorrow," said Mayor Hendricks.  “City plows have all undergone required maintenance and salt trucks are stocked and ready to be deployed.  Rest assured that we will work hard to make as much progress as we can, reaching as many areas as we can.”

Emergency Snow Removal Readiness
To help with snow removal efforts, the public is reminded to remove garbage containers and vehicles from the roadways wherever possible.  This will help Public Works Department crews be more effective in removing snow from the streets.

Those snow removal crews will report at 10:00 a.m. and run a 16-hour shift through the most critical period of predicted winter weather.  All trucks will be out and focused first on salting primary routes as well as clearing emergency service parking lots, nursing homes, and main thoroughfares.  Work will then move to secondary routes in neighborhoods streets.  Once the initial deicing process is completed, crews will work on plowing any accumulated snow.

Forecasts & Travel Advisories
This latest winter storm is expected to bring six to eight inches of snow, sleet, and freezing rain in Hopkinsville.  Based on the current forecast, the city urges residents to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling during this period.  Keep in mind that snow and ice 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 icing and snowfall amounts, motorists are encouraged to stay home. 

Public Preparation
Residents are also encouraged to remain prepared for severe weather by:
  • 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 an emergency 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 pets and the 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. 
Potential Closures/Delays
If needed, notice regarding the potential cancellation of city meetings or shortening of city office hours for non-essential personnel 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.