07/19/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/19/2019 18:41
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 5:15pm
Update from Mayor Rhodes-Conway's 4:00 p.m. press conference
We are aware that the power outages have plagued MG&E and the City are not over. This report is to serve as a recap of the day at this point.
City staff from thirteen departments worked throughout the day in conjunction with the county exec and his team who worked on emergency cooling centers. Governor Evers was on call throughout the day and was actively involved.
This is what emergency preparedness is all about, we drill for crisis - we hope we never have them but we're ready when we do.
Our downtown library which never lost power, hosted more than 60 visitors from The Beacon day shelter. They enjoyed sandwiches and water donated by local businesses.
The Kohl Center closed at 3:30 p.m.
The Coliseum will be open overnight as a cooling center starting at 5 p.m.
If the public needs transportation to The Coliseum, Metro will establish bus pick up spots and a schedule and post it on the city website, metro's website and city social media.
Dane County Humane Society will take care of any pets overnight while those in need of the overnight shelter stay at the Coliseum. People can drop off their pets until 7 p.m. at the Dane County Humane Society.
Throw refrigerated or frozen food if:
As you heard earlier today, Madison Fire needed to use firefighting foam for the blaze. That foam is often associated with the contaminants known as PFAS. It is unclear whether the foam used did actually contain PFAS and it is being tested. In the meantime, there were immediate steps taken to lessen the spread of the water and foam, and there is intensive remediation occurring now.
Two environmental engineering firms contracted by ATC and MG&E are working at the scene and have removed hundreds of gallons of water from the storm sewer in two different areas. The consulting firms are working in collaboration with the City and DNR. The water removed will be tested immediately. Additional barriers have been installed to curtail additional water run-off.
There will additionally be soil removal as part of the remediation as soon as possible. We will continue to work with all the parties on this issue, which we of course take very seriously.
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