DATE: 09-19-18 Jacobson Park Activation
News Release 005 at 1107
Media Inquiries Only: (859) 280-8099
First Responders and Community Aid Agencies Arriving
At Lexington’s Jacobson Park ~ Expect Traffic Impact
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Divisions of Emergency Management, Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Human Services and The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross and other community agencies are arriving at Jacobson Park for the purpose of setting up a reception area for persons relocating from Madison County. Jacobson Park is now closed to the public.
This reception center set-up follows the declaration of a community emergency in Madison County due to an accident at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, KY, involving chemical agents. This accident occurred at approximately 8:50am.
This activity is fully staffed with emergency, law enforcement and aid personnel. On-call first responders and unassigned volunteers should not come to Jacobson Park at this time. If this status changes additional notifications will be sent out.
Persons living or working in the Jacobson Park area and those along Richmond Road and Athens-Boonesboro Road should expect a significant traffic impact for the next several hours. Lexington Police officers are encouraging residents to avoid the area.
Updates will be issued when more information is available. Additional details on the nature of the incident and a preliminary impact assessment will be provided to the media and the public as soon as they are available and confirmed.
Information about this event reported by unofficial sources, including those on social media, may be incomplete or inaccurate.
Official news releases and advisories will available at the following:
Website/blog: www.BeReadyLexington.com, www.lexingtonky.gov
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lexingtonkyem Twitter: www.twitter.com/lexkyem
The official hashtag for this event is: #CSEPPEX18
Listen to: Lexington Emergency Management Radio: AM1620 KHz
The public should call (859) 425-2255 for more information. Call 9-1-1 ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES.