I probably don’t need to state the obvious but it’s really cold outside.
In conditions like this the best advice is to stay indoors and we’re doing what we can to remind people to not mess with Mother Nature today. We’ve been running a “please stay indoors” message on our community message board and thankfully many businesses have closed but for those people that have no choice please bundle up.
If someone underestimates the cold and finds themselves in a medical emergency our fire stations are open 24-7 and we’re only a 911 call away.
Kent Social Services on South Water Street is also remaining open around the clock (through Wednesday January 8th until 3 pm) for food and/or shelter to those who need it.
The City’s Public Service Department notified City residents through the Swift-Reach notification system that trash and recycling collection services have been suspended today due to the cold. Those services are expected to resume Wednesday with the collections running one-day behind schedule for the remainder of the week.
We’ve been staying in touch with First Energy and so far we’ve had no power outages in Kent and no natural gas line troubles which can freeze-up in extreme cold like this. If any significant power or gas problems emerge, our Public Service Director has the capability to open the Service Administration Building for emergency shelter since it has a generator that can run the furnace. Hopefully, that step won’t be necessary but I figure it’s good know that the City has contingency plans.
At this point there’s only been one reported water line break and that is at the Kent State University football stadium so none of our other customers have been affected. Breaks tend to happen most frequently during the shift in temperatures as the freeze-thaw cycle wreaks havoc on pipes so keep us posted if you see any dramatic changes in your water pressure.
Our street crews are hitting a few localized trouble spots where wind and/or ice has created a problem but in these temperatures there’s little that can be done except wait for Mother Nature to return the temperatures to the normal range for this time of year.