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October 29, 2012

Somerset might not get snow, but we’re sure to get wind

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Somerset —

The city’s emergency responders now have more than 40 miles of additional roadway to cover since Somerset officials voted to take in a number of roads into the city limits. 
“Technically, we’ve just annexed in the right-of-way, not the actual road itself,” Wiese said. “But we’ve taken it upon ourselves to cover those roads.”
That means it’s no different in inclement weather conditions. Wiese said many of the city’s new roadways — which include parts of Ky. 39, North Ky. 1247, Ky. 914, West Ky. 80, Slate Branch Road and Rush Branch Road — are still under the state’s wing when it comes to road coverage.
But she said the city’s road crews stay in close contact with the state’s crews, and she said the city is willing to lend a hand in keeping the roadways clear.
“We would do the best we could do to get some of those cleared off, like we would other city streets,” Wiese said.
Wiese said the county has “abundant” salt supplies and is prepared for the upcoming winter months and for any weather situations that Sandy may bring (although the chance is slight). 
“That’s the thing,” Wiese said. “We just don’t know.” 
Wiese also said the city’s drainage systems — which she said were upgraded after the floods of May 2010 — should handily take care of any influx of precipitation that may come about. 
What Pulaski can be sure to expect, however, is a very blustery day.
“The biggest headline out that way is winds,” said Geogerian. “You’ve got winds out of the west-northwest peaking at about 15-25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 40 miles per hour.”
Those winds started being felt Monday night, he said, and will continue into today “as the storm system gets as close as it’s going to get to us.”

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