Flooding within city limits

Businesses and roadways became flooded and dangerous during Sunday evening and into Monday morning. City-wide emergency personnel from London Police to London Fire, and London-Laurel Rescue worked wrecks, temporarily closed roadways, assisted Carnaby Square with flooding, and rescued individuals trapped within their vehicles due to swift traveling water.

The London-Laurel Rescue Squad is continuing to assist emergency personnel within the southeastern Kentucky region to rescue individuals trapped within their homes. Some roadways are still covered in water and local officials are reminding citizens to “turn around, don’t drown”.

For emergencies call 9-1-1, for non-emergencies call London-Laurel Dispatch at (606) 878-7000.

London-Laurel Rescue Squad out in full force

Since February 14th, over 9,500 homes in Laurel County were without electricity, hazardous ice covered area roadways, trees fell trapping households, downed power lines littered streets, healthcare workers needed assistance to arrive at work, at-risk citizens needed warm, and the London – Laurel Rescue Squad was at the heart of it all taking the call to help others.

Since Sunday afternoon the Rescue Squad assisted 23 healthcare workers needing a lift to work to keep the ER open and functional, they assisted EMS with seven runs with their off-road vehicle to load up patients, helped with four patient transports, five fuel runs for household generators, assisted with clearing fallen trees, worked 18 car wrecks – many on I-75, assisted the Laurel County Emergency Operations Center with transporting 12 to the warming center at West London Baptist, and have re-fueled all tools and vehicles to do it all again.

Throughout the week Chief John Allen and Assistant Chief Darren Wyatt work full-time at the Rescue Squad, while 50 members assist when able between their full-time jobs and family. The Rescue Squad stated they are thankful to work alongside our great area fire departments during bad weather. The local fire departments, city utility workers, street and road departments are wonderful resources. It takes a village, and the Rescue Squad’s hope is for citizens to be aware of the weather-related dangers ahead and plan accordingly.

Emergency personnel are asking citizens to please refrain from calling 911 about roadway conditions. The London-Laurel Co. Dispatch Center is ready to take emergency calls day and night and for non-emergency needs, call (606) 878-7000.11,054People Reached1,355EngagementsBoost Post

Warming Center to Open

***Laurel County under a state of emergency, warming center opened up***

LONDON KY— At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16th Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield declared a state of emergency. With over 9,500 households in Laurel Co. are without electricity, the Laurel County Emergency Operation’s Center (EOC) has opened up a warming center for citizens at West London Baptist Church.

The Church is located at 360 Parker Road and the warming center will be open at 4 p.m. and remain open throughout the evening hours.

Laurel County Health Department Director Mark Hensley advised those at the warming center to wear a mask and practice social distancing, adhering to the CDC’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Drivers, please use caution on roadways. Major roadways are mostly cleared with some ice-covered spots. Secondary roadways are still hazardous to travel on. Emergency officials warn of downed power lines and to never go near them.

The London Fire Department advises those without power to use a safe alternative heat source and practice the following guidelines:

  • A generator should only be used outside on stable ground and away from any windows and vents to prevent deadly fumes from entering the home through an opening. Keep the generator dry.
  • Operate on a dry surface under an open, canopy- like structure.
  • Plug appliances directly into a generator or use a heavy-duty outdoor- rated extension cord. Make sure the entire extension cord is free of cuts or tears and the plug has all 3 prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • Refrigerators do not need to run 24 hours a day to keep food fresh. Monitor the internal temperature, which should be kept at 40 degrees or below.
  • Close off rooms you do not need and use only safe alternative sources of heat, like wood and other fuel-burning stoves.
  • Keep anything that can burn or that is flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. – Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Make sure you have working, properly installed smoke detectors throughout your home.
  • Assume all downed wires are live. Avoid downed wires or any objects that are in contact with them. Call and notify the utility company or 911 of a downed power line immediately.

    For emergencies, citizens are asked to call 911, and for non-emergencies call London Laurel Co. Dispatch at (606) 878-7000. For further inquiries on the warming center contact the Laurel Co. EOC at (606) 862-7904.

Heritage Music Series

London, Ky. (February 1, 2021) – London-Laurel County Tourism, along with Forcht Broadcasting’s WFTG The Wolf, and Kentucky Country Music have teamed up to produce an intimate acoustic concert experience, Heritage Music Series. Multiple Kentucky based singer-songwriters will take to the stage the first three Saturdays in March at Heritage Hills Theater. All shows will begin at 7:00 pm with limited socially distanced seating.

On March 5, Rye Davis will team up with Branden Martin for the first show of the series. Both have been named one of Kentucky Country Music’s Music Acts to Watch list due to their increasing popularity among music fans. Their blend of stone-cold honkytonk songs are perfect to listen to for fans of Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Cody Jinks, among others. Tickets for this show will be $15.

Then on March 12, Wolfpen Branch, formally known as Hancock and Shouse, will be bringing their 5-piece band of music all-stars to the stage. The band consists of Arthur Hancock, Chris Shouse, Roddy Puckett, Kati Penn, and Aaron Bibelhauser. Bluegrass and Appalachian music fans will enjoy their unique style up on stage. Tickets for this show will be $20.

Finally, on March 19, Tiffany Williams and Eric Bolander will conclude the series as part of the celebration of releasing their new albums collectively. Letcher County native, Tiffany Williams, recently recorded “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive,” alongside Laurel County native, Darrell Scott, who penned the tune. Eric Bolander provides a soulful laidback Americana sound to his performances. Tickets for this show will be $15.

Tickets for the Heritage Music Series are now on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/lltc-29700364349. For those that purchase tickets for all three events by March 1, they will receive a complimentary signed poster from all the artists. There are limited tickets per show to follow CDC guidelines. Masks will be required by everyone to wear at all times, as well as social distance protocols.

For more information, be sure to check out the London-Laurel County Tourism website at https://visitlondonky.com.

MLK Day Celebration

The 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was held Monday evening in downtown London, although in a scaled-down version due to the pandemic. The celebration featured a drive-thru pancake breakfast, a march down Main Street and a virtual reading of King’s “I have a dream” speech at the London Community Center. The virtual gathering allowed people from across the state to honor Dr. King through a keynote speech and a live virtual reading of his most-famous speech.

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