Icy conditions, extremely cold weather expected

The National Weather Service has cancelled an Ice Storm Warning for Daviess County.

However, roads remain slick and hazardous due to significant ice accumulation overnight.  The sheriff’s office and road department have asked people to avoid travel, if possible.

Deputies were responding to several accidents to the south and east of Owensboro, with multiple vehicles off the roadway.

If you must travel, please use extreme caution, reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Provide plenty of room for road crews that are salting and plowing the highways.

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Follow these winter driving safety tips from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.

Kenergy is working to restore power to customers who lost service due to downed lines or broken poles. OMU has not reported any outages.

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EMA Director Andy Ball says the White Flag will be out tonight, with a warming shelter available at Owensboro Christian Church, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

WHITE FLAG WARMING CENTER

According to National Weather Service (Paducah), White Flag criteria (15ºF or lower air temperature and/or wind chill) will likely be met Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights (February 11-15, 2021).

The Daniel Pitino (501 Walnut St, Owensboro, KY) and St. Benedict’s (1001 W 7th St, Owensboro, KY) homeless shelters may not currently be at capacity. If capacity is exceeded during this impending cold weather event, Owensboro Christian Church (OCC) will be open as a warming center, offering bedding from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 A.M.

If a warming center is required, the following transportation options are available:

  1. Provided from the Daniel Pitino Shelter to Owensboro Christian Church at 6:00 P.M. each White Flag night.
  2. Owensboro Transit System bus route: FREE for White Flag shelterees (two bus stops near Owensboro Christian Church)
  3. Self-transport to the warming shelter anytime 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. White Flag nights. The White Flag shelter entrance will be between OCC entrances “C” and “D” on the New Hartford Rd side.

Families, women and/or children should contact the Daniel Pitino Shelter (270-688-9000) and men should contact St. Benedict’s (270 541-1003) to inquire if the warming center is in operation, or if there are available bed spaces within one of the existing shelters. Again, OCC will only be open if the homeless shelters are at full capacity. The Daniel Pitino Shelter will also be offering meals:

Breakfast: 7:00 A.M. (at Daniel Pitino Shelter)

Dinner: 5:30 P.M.  (at Daniel Pitino Shelter)

Due to COVID-19, all protective measures (social distancing, masks, handwashing, quarantine) will be strictly enforced. There is an area pre-designated for quarantine if required.

Please contact Daviess County EMA Director Andy Ball (270-685-8448) with further questions.