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Hopkinsville Winter Emergency Response Continues (Updated 1-21-16)

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UPDATED January 21, 2016 – 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 this week’s first winter weather event have contributed greatly to the safety and convenience of local residents and area travelers.

"We are proud of the job done by our hardworking crews led by Public Works Director Mike Perry and Street Superintendent Terry Rudd,” remarked Hendricks. He added, “Team Hopkinsville is committed to redoubling our efforts to tackle the challenges posed by additional icy conditions preceding a new significant snowfall," Mayor Hendricks noted. "We encourage members of the public to use extreme caution and to cooperate with advisories to remain off the roads whenever possible during the overnight hours and through the weekend until conditions improve."

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.

Emergency Snow Removal

  • Working 15-hour shifts, Public Works crews deployed some 200 tons of salt yesterday and logged 285 man hours while actively engaged in snow removal activity.
  • Teams will move to 12-hour shifts during this next weather event to ensure even better coverage of roadways.
  • This afternoon crews are pre-treating priority routes to help minimize the impact of the freezing rain later tonight.
  • The first 12-hour shift will begin at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow with teams utilizing eight trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders and two trucks with plows only, to treat and plow priority streets based on the nature and amount of precipitation fallen at that time.
  • Crews will continue to work in 12-hour shifts to ensure clearance of priority roads, understanding the speed of sustained progress will be determined by how long snow continues to fall.
  • Once priority routes have been cleared, crews will move to secondary routes.


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 or (270) 559-9511

If you are looking for a way to help Micah Mission to serve those in need, donations of bottled water, hot cocoa, coffee supplies (e.g., stirrers, cups, etc.), ramen noodles, and other non-perishable foods would be very helpful. Please contact Micah Mission if you are interested in volunteering your time.

Other Service 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 by tomorrow morning.

Hopkinsville Solid Waste Enterprise reports residential and commercial collection services will continue tomorrow and operate on a two-hour delay as weather permits.

Hopkinsville Transit service will operate on a three-hour delay, with the first routes running at 8:00 a.m. Transit officials will continue to evaluate road conditions and communicate additional updates to the public by way of local media outlets as needed.

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


In light of this week’s forecast significant snow and winter weather, Mayor Carter Hendricks encourages the public to be prepared and notes that city personnel are ready to combat the anticipated snowfall. "City crews are set to take proactive measures to tackle the winter weather predicted to reach our region beginning tonight," said Mayor Hendricks. "We encourage members of the public to take needed precautions to care for your families and neighbors during this time.”

Emergency Snow Removal Plans

· The Public Works Department will have a full crew ready beginning at midnight.

· Crews will use 10 trucks and begin salting and plowing priority routes and main thoroughfares at the first sign of an accumulation of snow.

· Once the first run is made of all of those routes, the team will begin work on secondary streets as circumstances require.

Travel Advisories

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

Micah Mission Center
209 South Main Street
(270) 890-3672 or (270) 559-9511

Other Potential Closures/Delays

Hopkinsville Solid Waste services are scheduled to continue tomorrow beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Hopkinsville Transit officials announced service will operate on a three-hour delay; therefore, the first routes will run at 8:00 a.m.

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

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