Lexington Ice Storm Aftermath: the Cleanup 2003

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Rising waters

The Urban County Govern-ment’s Division of Sanitary Sewers will pump flood water out of your basement. Anyone with a flooded basement can call 425-2255 to report their status. If you reported a flooded basement, but have taken care of the problem yourself, then please call to cancel.

Home Improvement

Homeowners in need of recovery from the Ice Storm, may need to get building permits before beginning any structural repairs on their houses. A building permit is required for any structural repairs such as rafter repairs, collapsed porches, or roof damage. Because of the extensive damage, the city is waiving permit fees for emergency repairs until March 21. To obtain a permit, just bring a description of the repairs being made to the Division office at 101 East Vine Street, Phoenix Building, 2nd floor. For more info, call Building Inspection at 258-3770.


Take back the juice

Residents who are still in the dark, need to contact licensed electricians, and have electrical mastheads repaired and inspected before getting KU to restore power. After repairs are completed, the electrician must call Commonwealth Inspection at 263-7800. Once Commonwealth has inspected the masthead and KU has their approval, they can restore power. Any resident who has a critical medical condition and is waiting to get power should call the Emergency Operations Center at 258-3970 or Commonwealth Inspection to get on a priority list. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to have the masthead repaired.

It’s not TV. It’s HBO. Free HBO.

A spokesperson from Insight Communications has said they’re applying a 7-day credit to customer accounts. This credit will appear on the bill within the next thirty days. Yeahhhhhhhh!!! Meanwhile, in other utility news, Kentucky American Water Company is running a television ad campaign “saluting” KU’s heroic efforts. Rumor has it that upper-level management at KU and LG&E may enter witness protection programs after news surfaced that as many as 7000 households remained without power seven days after the storm.

And it’s still not over for many

Donations are still needed for shelters housing those without electricity. Items needed include: canned food; paper products such as toilet paper, plates and napkins; matresses/cots; blankets; towels/washcloths; soap; baby food; diapers; adult undergarments. Donations can be dropped off at a warehouse at 2512 Palumbo Drive.

Tree lines

The trees in this city have been decimated, leaving behind a plenty of broken tree branches. If you’re tired of looking at that pile of tree limbs that are stacked up in front of your sidewalk, you can get rid of them at either the LFUCG Recycling Center location, at 360 Thompson Road, or the Haley Pike landfill near Avon. The recycling center will be open from 7am to 5pm, Saturday March 1, 2003 and Sunday, March 2. 2003. Also, due to the storm debris cleanup, garbage pickup will only occur once this week, instead of twice. Garbage will be collected Mondays and Tuesdays only. Rosies (recycling) will be picked up on their regular schedule. At this time, no yard waste bags, Lennies, appliances, or bulky items will be picked up.


Speak your piece

The public is invited to the Central KY Council for Peace & Justice’s annual dinner & peace fair. The fair will be at 5 – 8 p.m. Saturday March 1, 2003  at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, 144 Market St in Lexington. Come at 5 pm for the fair. A vegetarian dinner is at 6 pm. At 7 p.m Lexington-Fayette County Mayor Teresa Isaac will speak on “Working for Social Justice in Lexington.” The fair and speech are free. Dinner tickets are $8 and $4 for children 12 and under. Call 233-8263 to reserve dinner tickets.



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