Louisville mayor making changes to alert Rubbertown residents

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by Anna Prendergast

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 29 at 10:29 AM

      LOUSIVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Hundreds of Rubbertown residents sounded off Monday night. Some people are furious that the city didn't notify them after last week’s explosion and fire at Carbide Industries. These residents held signs that read “we want to know.” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer organized Monday’s meeting and gave people a timeline of what emergency crews did right after the explosion, and simply told the crowd that the city messed up.
   Carbide Industries general manager also addressed the room. He says the explosion that killed two plant employees is being investigated, but says early reports say the source of the explosion was a furnace inside the plants control room. He also apologized to residents.
   After the city admitted that there was a breakdown in communication and that R-Call, a neighborhood emergency phone system, was never updated. Mayor Fischer said there will be changes.
   Metro Safe will now control updating the R-Call system and the mayor says they will hire a technology company to come up with new, advanced ways to notify people, possibly through text messages or phone calls. This system is expected to be up and running by June.
 

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