February 23, 2015
‘We’re doing the best we can with what equipment we have, mayor says…
All courthouse offices now open, leaks on third floor ‘not serious’
LOUISA, Ky. — After a week of perhaps the worst winter weather in twenty years Lawrence Countians are slowly but surely digging out of the snowdrfts and ice that has covered most of Kentucky causing water pipes to freeze, roofs to collapse and made roads impassable.
In Louisa mayor Harold Slone said his crews are “doing the best we can with what we have to work with.”
“We are not equipped to handle this kind of weather like they are up north where it happens every year,” Slone said. “We have worked hard to help everyone we can.”
Slone said the water department has had three major water line breaks during the storm and all of them are fixed. He said Water Dept. boss Dave McGuire reported that water crews worked all weekend on the leaks, the worst being on Madison Street. (See photo courtesy of Louisa Water dept.)
“I said late Sunday evening before the storm ever hit, in my press release (see Lazer story), that it was apparent to me our city was not equipped nor prepared to handle what this storm was predicted to bring,” Slone said.
Slone said he intends to fix the situation before next year just in case another such storm hits.
“This will be a priority of mine before next winter, but for now, these guys have done every single thing I’ve asked them to do…in very harsh working conditions… they’ve had to do things by hand not with high tech equipment.”
“They have ONE, yes ONE small pickup with a light duty snow plow and a salt spreader they have to fill with a shovel about every other street. They worked till 5 this evening (Friday) still salting as much as possible.”
The state and county have faced difficult challenges with this storm as well…. record low temps and deep snow has made clearing the roads nearly impossible.
I want to thank the workers from all agencies who has given it their all and now faced with yet another blow this weekend… bear with us as we try to finish out this winter and you will see a difference next winter I promise. in the meantime .. Stay IN, Stay Warm, Stay Safe and have a plan in case you lose heat and power.. don’t hesitate to call someone for help when and if you need it.. Maybe this will be over soon!”
Scores of complaints of frozen water pipes, including the mayor’s at his home have been reported on Facebook where there is a page dedicated to the current road conditions. In addition the LCHS Baseball team spent five hours clearing snow and ice off the tarp that was left down. Coach travis Feltner was making sure the ice did not cause permanent damage to the beautifully mainicured field.
The Lawrence County EMS also has a Facebook page with current information about the weather and all sorts of other things from Ft. Gay and the entire country.
Sheriff says all courthouse offices are now open
From Sheriff Garrett Roberts’ Facebook page
‘…As we start a new week with very cold temps and black ice waiting on us to make a wrong move.
Please be careful on the roadways, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is open for business along with the Court House. There is Family Court going on at the Justice Center. Back Roads still have a lot of snow which has frozen solid and is very, very slick so just take your time.
Remember just because you have 4 wheel drive does not mean you won’t slide on ice and black ice, if you are like me the rain and ice has pulled your gutters away from your house, make sure you keep a check on them so you do not get hit in the head while walking under them, take my word or learn by experience.”
Sheriff Garrett Roberts
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
Roberts said this morning that arrests are down probably because of the sub-zero temps and snow and ice covered roads and bridges.
County crews busy working on roads
A spokesperson in County Judge/Executive John Osborne’s office said the county troad crew has been extremely busy but most of the hundreds of miles of county roads have been scraped at least once.
“Now they’re having to go back and re-scrape several of the roads after snow plows left piles of snow that sometimes block driveways, The spokesperson said. If you need assistance cal the county garage at 826-2958 or 836-2959.”
The spokesperson said there has been three minor leaks on the third floor of the courthouse with minimal damage.