Category Archives: winter storm 09

FEMA to pay city $3.2 million for ice storm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to reimburse Metro government for more than $3.2 million in previously rejected costs related to the January 2009 ice storm, which closed public schools, left 100,000 without power and thousands of tons of debris across the city in its aftermath. About $700,000 in previously rejected claims may be […]

Free chili!

From a press release:  Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Ave., is offering complimentary White Chile and Jalepeno Cheddar Cornbread from 5-7 p.m. DAILY (closed for Super Bowl) to anyone who is without power, on the honor system, while supplies last.   “This is just a little something that we can do to help warm everyone up a bit,” says Chef John Varanese. “We’re all in this together. We lost […]

The Great Louisville IceAge 2009: Reactions

We want to know how the ice/snow storm is affecting you and yours. Comment on this blog, write me at this address, or hit us up on Twitter (leoweekly). I tweeted a call for reactions a couple minutes ago. It took about a minute for Angie Impellizzeri to respond:  1.29.09 – ice storm ’09 – […]

The Great Louisville IceAge 2009

The last 48 hours have been quite the trip here in Louisville: as much as five inches of snow, atop a layer of thick ice, atop … well, everything. Some 100,000 people are without power in the city; 473,000 are without power across the commonwealth. Public schools are closed through the week. With temperatures expected […]

Line of the day

On-the-spot local news coverage of disastrous things like weather “events” often produces some spectacular quotes. I’m declaring an early Line of the Day: From a caller into WFPL, who’s hosting some live ice-death coverage: When a tree has a deep V crotch, it’s more prone to break. Tasty!

Are we in the Heartland?

Just about anytime Louisville and the surrounding region get hit with a major storm like this, big enough to rouse the national media, we get tagged as the Heartland. Check out CNN.com: “Ice storms blast the heartland.” Now, being from Louisville, I’m aware of the identity crisis we’re consistently under — south, midwest, whatever. But […]

To sled or not to sled?

The C-J reports that Metro Parks is urging residents not to sled, for fear that an errant tree branch might fall and destroy you. But check out what the MP website says: 

75K w/o power … 2,500+ lines down … time to freak out a little

I considered, a few minutes ago, trying to dig my car out and take a little spin. My better judgment says no. I just watched a Courier-Journal house-call delivery car spin and squawk its way up the low-grade hill in front of my house. No thanks.  Mayor Abramson’s office just issued a press release saying […]