Louisville Metro Offers Shelters

by Gabe Bullard on January 28, 2009

Louisville Metro Government is offering a place to stay and access to electricity to anyone who lost power in the ice storm.

The city has opened shelters and government centers to the public and will provide transportation to those facilities for anyone who is stranded.

Mayor Jerry Abramson says shelters were not crowded during the blackout that followed Hurricane Ike last September, but with colder temperatures, more facilities may be needed.

“As far as the Louisville Gardens, it’s always a backup,” says Abramson. “It takes us about three or four hours to put the heat on, get it up to being able to accept people.”

An E-On US official estimates it will take seven to ten days to restore power to all customers.

The Red Cross is operating a shelter at Walnut Street Baptist Church at 1143 S. Third St. in Old Louisville. If you need transportation to the shelter, call MetroCall at 311.

The YMCA has opened its facilities up for people needing to use the showers.

Here is a list of places that are open to the public to take shelter during the daytime hours.

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Marion McClain January 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

You need to tell WHERE the shelters are!!!!

Laura Ellis January 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Marion, the Red Cross is running a shelter at Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1143 S. Third St. From what I understand, they’re ready to open more if there’s a need, but this one can hold 300 people and isn’t full yet.

Also, the YMCA has opened all their facilities for people needing to take showers. The Mary T. Meagher pool in Crescent Hill is also open for people to shower.

Here is a list of places that are open during the day, and their hours: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Mayor/2009_storm_facilties.htm

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