Storm debris disposal available following severe weather

An initial assessment by the National Weather Service found 80 mph straight-line winds in Lexington during yesterday’s storms, said Mayor Linda Gorton.

“Our community is dealing with the damage from fallen trees, power outages, and blocked roads following yesterday’s severe storms,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “I am proud of the public safety, streets and roads, and other city teams that are working to respond to those in need, and help clean-up the damage to our city.”

Starting today and continuing through Sunday, residents can dispose of storm debris at no charge at the Haley Pike landfill (4216 Hedger Lane), or at the training pad on Old Frankfort Pike (1631 Old Frankfort Pike). Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. A Fayette County driver’s license or other proof of residence in Fayette County is required.

For those residents within the urban service area who are unable to get debris to a drop-off site, it can be left at the curb for collection. Debris should be stacked between the sidewalk and curb. There are two ways to have it collected:

  • If you have city pickup, material should be left at the curb to be picked-up as part of the normal weekly service as long as it is cut in 4-foot sections.
  • If you do not have city pickup, or if the debris is not able to be cut into 4-foot sections, call 311 to schedule a pickup. The maximum length of debris able to be collected is 12 feet, and the material cannot exceed 16 inches in diameter.

Since the storms yesterday, the city is aware of one weather-related injury.

The Lexington Fire Department reported 220 calls for service on Tuesday. Crews responded to two collapsed structures, and two structure fires.

Overnight, the Lexington Division of Police reported six injury collisions, 47 non-injury collisions, 34 motorist assists, and 100 traffic hazards. There are no reported major road closures since 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

After receiving calls from residents without power who rely on oxygen, the Lexington Emergency Operations Center, in collaboration with the Lexington Fire Department, contacted the American Red Cross. Residents without power can call E-911 with concerns about oxygen tanks. Call operators can direct them to Disaster Health Services, which will offer assistance. Disaster Health Services is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Traffic engineers initially reported 74 signals across the city without power following the storms. Today, there are 15 signals being powered by police cruisers, while all others are operating normally. Please continue to drive with caution.

Streets and Roads crews received 68 calls about trees or limbs in roads. Streets where trees or limbs were blocking roads, and utility lines had been cleared, were open by 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Crews continue today clearing sidewalks and trails.

LG&E and KU is reporting about 3,500 customers in the Lexington area without power. For more information, visit lge-ku.com/outages

Those who missed garbage pickup on Tuesday will be served today.

Picadome Golf Course remains closed today due to downed trees. Other golf courses are open, but with restrictions.

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