Temporary warmth available at Franklin County centers

Western Hills High School, Bluegrass Community Action Center, Light of the World Christian Church open to those in need

State Journal Staff Report, Published:

Several warming centers will be open Tuesday, according to the Frankfort/Franklin County Office of Emergency Management.

The centers can be used by anyone who needs to warm up from the cold weather.

The warming center at Western Hills High School, 100 Doctor’s Drive, opened at 8 a.m.

The Bluegrass Community Action Center, 73 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. Suite No. 1, opened a warming center between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Light of the World Christian Church, 513 Holmes St., opened a warming center and planned to serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Temperatures were expected to top out at 13 degrees in Frankfort Tuesday, with wind chills as low as minus 18, according to the National Weather Service.

Franklin County Public Schools and the Senior Activity Center were closed for the second day in a row. Frankfort Independent Schools were open after being closed Monday.

Almost 3,100 Blue Grass Energy customers in western Franklin County lost power for about three hours Monday morning amid the frigid temperatures. The power loss also knocked out Frankfort Plant Board Cable/Telecom service for approximately 1,000 customers.

LG&E and Kentucky Utilities were encouraging their 1.2 million customers to voluntarily conserve energy by turning down thermostats, wearing extra layers and turning off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

The City of Frankfort postponed Tuesday’s trash and recycling pickup to Wednesday because of the cold. Regular Wednesday collection is not postponed at this time. 

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