Listen to the story: Early next month, a panel of preservationists will select a house in Louisville to be rehabilitated under a new project called Preservation S.O.S.—Save Our Shotguns. It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: […]
STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/25/11: It’s been a busy news week & we’ll talk about it all on State of the News. An explosion in Rubbertown and a hazardous leak in Butchertown have many residents calling for improvements to the emergency response system. The interim director of Louisville Metro Animal Services has stepped down with no replacement yet selected. Also exiting is Allan Cowen, who announced his retirement as CEO of the Fund for the Arts, effective at the end of April. Join us for these metro stories, plus a check-in on the Kentucky & Indiana General Assemblies. Listen to the Show
On WFPL’s State of Affairs Thursday, Fischer discussed: the city budget; Metro Government’s response to recent industrial accidents in Rubbertown and Butchertown; the future of Whiskey Row; and his thoughts on Metro Council discretionary spending. You can listen to the full interview here.
An ammonia leak at the JBS plant in Butchertown yesterday caused the evacuation of about 700 workers. Firefighters urged people in the neighborhood to stay indoors in the hours immediately after the leak. Some residents complained the fire department waited too long to sound the sirens warning of the leak. Officials say they activated the sirens after increasing the threat level of the leak.
STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/24/11: He’s been in office fewer than three months, but Mayor Greg Fischer’s had a busy first quarter. Just this week, an explosion in Rubbertown and a hazardous leak in Butchertown have given rise to questions about the city’s emergency response and communication capabilities. Allegations continue about Councilwoman Judy Green, leading some to call for a wider look at how Metro Council Members’ discretionary funds are spent. Then there’s Louisville Metro Animal services – still without a leader – and the temporary holding pattern at Whiskey Row. Call us with your questions or comments for Mayor Fischer, Thursday on State of Affairs. Listen to the Show
Louisvillians who live near the JBS Swift meat-packing plant in Butchertown are advised to stay indoors following an anhydrous ammonia leak. “The sirens sounded,” says a MetroSafe official. “If you can hear the sirens, you should stay inside.”
No injuries have been reported at the plant on Story Avenue. Some streets around the plant may be blocked by emergency vehicles.