Mayor opens warming centers on Wednesday

Mayor Linda Gorton said the City will open two centers on Wednesday to give wind storm victims who have been without heat an opportunity to “warm up.”

Dunbar Community Center at 545 N. Upper Street, and Tates Creek Ballroom at Tates Creek Golf Course, 1400 Gainesway Drive, will be open from 7-11 a.m. tomorrow for anyone looking for some warmth.

“Our meteorologists are predicting temperatures below freezing tonight – that’s the first time our thermometer has dipped below the freezing mark since the windstorm turned off the lights in thousands of our homes last weekend,” Gorton said. “So tomorrow morning we’re going to give people a couple of places to warm up if they need it.”

The city will make plans for the warming centers one day at a time, given that Kentucky Utilities is anticipating power will be restored to everyone by Wednesday night.

The City is following Red Cross practices in setting up warming centers during the day, Gorton said. “We consulted them and they don’t do overnight shelters unless housing is completely destroyed.”

People who use medical devices that depend upon electricity are being assessed and helped on an individual basis through 3-1-1 and the Red Cross.