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I-65 Reopens Merrillville to Lafayette, Still Hazardous

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UPDATE FROM INDOT:  The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the reopening of I-65 (Between U.S. 30 in Merrillville and Lafayette). But drivers are advised to use extreme caution, take it slow, and travel at their own risk. Like all roads across Northwest Indiana conditions are extremely hazardous and non-emergency travel is strongly discouraged.   Hard-pack snow and ice should be expected on all Northwest Indiana roads, including I-65 and I-94, causing dangerously icy conditions. In these subzero temperatures, road salt is not as effective on icy roadways. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and abrasives, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well. Dangerously icy conditions will not likely improve across Northwest Indiana until temperatures rise tomorrow. ...

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I-65 Remains Closed, I-94 Open but Slick

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As of 5:30 a.m. Central Time today (Tue Jan 7 2014), the Indiana Department of Transportation continues to discourage anyone from non-essential travel in Northwest Indiana. Conditions remain extremely icy on passable roads, while others are becoming impassable from drifting snow.
Currently, I-65 is closed, both northbound and southbound, between U.S. 30 (Merrillville) and Lafayette due to reduced visibility, additional snowfall, and icy conditions. Crews have been plowing the roadway and using all methods possible to gain traction overnight, but subzero temperatures are making the task extremely difficult. There is no timeframe for reopening I-65. I-94 is open this morning, but drivers are warned to expect icy conditions throughout.
Blowing and drifting snow intensified during overnight hours, especially in Newton, Jasper, and southern Lake Counties. Some roadways are impassable, or have narrow lanes, due to the drifting snow.
As stated in previous releases, road salt is less effective in these subzero temperatures. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and sand, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well. As a result, all roads should be considered extremely slick and hazardous.
Extremely cold temperatures are also causing numerous mechanical failures for INDOT plows and heavy machinery. INDOT mechanics are working long hours, like plow drivers, to get these vehicles back on the roads as soon as possible. But constant equipment failure due to frigid temperatures is slowing the process of clearing Northwest Indiana roads.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....

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Travel Bans Lifted in Lake, Porter; Roads Remain Hazardous

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Travel bans have been lifted in Lake and Porter Counties.  Lake County Sheriff John Buncich canceled the travel emergency early Monday evening, and the advisory was canceled for Porter County at 6-o'clock this morning, however local officials urge everyone to continue to use caution and allow enough time to safely get to your destination as conditions remain treacherous.  All other counties in northwest Indiana and across most the northern half of the state remain under an emergency travel ban.  Porter County officials say Porter County Government offices are opening at 10 am today (Tue Jan 7).
Here's a link to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security County Travel Status map (for the most recent version, please refresh or reload your browser): http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/   ...

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Gary Announces Plowing Schedule

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City of Gary officials continued the implementation of their snow plan Monday with a focus on clearing side streets, the opening of warming shelters and transporting stranded residents. “We appreciate the patience of residents, and we are working as quickly as possible to clear streets so we can lift the State of Emergency ban later tonight,” said Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson on Monday.

While many areas of the city have been plowed, city officials in Gary have released a plowing schedule to help give residents an idea of when services will be delivered in their areas. Note: These times are estimates and are subject to change.
Approximately 10:00a.m.
Miller
Glen Park East -- I-94 to 53rd from Broadway to I-65
Glen Park West -- I-94 to 53rd from Broadway to Grant
 
Approximately 3:00p.m.
Clark Road to Cline Ave  -- 15th to 25th
Chase to Clark Road – 11th to 25th
Grant to Broadway  -- 11th to 25th
Grant to Chase – 11th to 25th
 
Approximately  7:00p.m.
Broadway to I-65 -- 5th Ave to 11th Ave
Broadway to Grant – 5th to 11th Ave
Grant to Clark – 5th to 11th Ave
Clark to I-65 -- Toll Road to 15th Ave
 
Approximately 10:00p.m.
Aetna, Glen Ryan, Marshalltown, Area behind Marshalltown
 
At approximately 1:00a.m., the plowing schedule will start over with additional roaming support. Emergency calls that may impact health and well-being will take priority. Alleys will beplowed starting early Tuesday morning.
 
OTHER GARY ANNOUNCEMENTS
-          Gary City Hall and all other City offices will reopen Tuesday, January 7, 2014
-          Gary Schools (Gary Community School Corporation) will be closed Tuesday, January 7, 2014
-          The 12-night revival is canceled for Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Services will resume Wednesday, January 8, 2014. For more information, visit garybaptist.org...

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Valparaiso Warming Shelters

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Officials in Valparaiso say those in and around the city can seek warmth and shelter at Valparaiso’s Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive, on the Valparaiso University campus. People may stay there until at least midnight. In cases where people have nowhere to go to escape this dangerous cold, or if they’re unable to travel, please call on Valparaiso Police Department at 219-462-2135 or the Valparaiso Fire Department at 219-462-8325 during business hours. After business hours, heat emergencies may be directed to 911....

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NW Indiana Snow Totals

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The National Weather Service in Chicago has released snow fall totals from Saturday through early Monday, and parts of Valparaiso received anywhere from 18-point-3 to 8 inches of snow. Other areas in northwest Indiana receiving heavy snow fall was Porter, with 15.7 inches and Crown Point, with 15.6 inches of snow. 14 inches of snow fell in Portage, with 12.5 inches in parts of DeMotte and 12 inches in St. John....

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All Dash Buses to Run on Tuesday

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Officials in Valparaiso report that all Dash Buses will be running tomorrow. A State of Emergency remains in effect in Porter County until 6am tomorrow and county government offices will open at 10am. Indiana Government offices are closed until 10am local time tomorrow. ...

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Lake County Lifts Emergency Driving Ban

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A state of emergency driving ban has been lifted for unincorporated Lake County. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich continues to ask citizens to use caution on the roadways and to allow enough time to safely get to your destination as conditions remain treacherous. A State of Emergency remains in effect in Porter County until 6am tomorrow....

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INDOT: Emergency Road Closures List

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EMERGENCY CLOSURES:
SR 16 in Rensselaer, between U.S. 41 and U.S. 231
SR 114 in Rensselaer, to the Pulaski County line
U.S. 35, between U.S. 31 and SR 13. 
SR 16, from Monon to Royal Center
SR18, from SR 29 to U.S. 31
SR 218, from SR 25 to SR 29
SR 43, south of Chalmers
U.S. 41, south of SR 55
Other roads may be impassable and closed to all traffic, but a complete list is not available due to drifting snow forcing the closure of roadways so quickly.


Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit  http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....

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State of Emergency Declared in Michigan City

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Due to the severe conditions and ongoing snow removal efforts in the City of Michigan City, the State of Emergency declared by Mayor Ron Meer will stay in effect until Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. The City of Michigan City governmental offices will re-open to regular business hours tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The city is asking that residents please dig out and move their vehicles (according to the city snow removal declaration and parking ordinance) so snow plows can get into areas that still need to be plowed and cleaned up. The snow removal declaration and parking ordinance is: Snow removal conditions have been declared by the Mayor, the following traffic regulations shall be in effect:  1. No vehicle shall be parked on a designated “snow route.” 2. On even numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with even numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. 3. On odd numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with odd numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located on the lower level of City Hall is still staffed and activated. Until 4:30 pm Wednesday afternoon, Michigan City City Hall will be open as a 24-hour warming center. Any individuals needing a ride to a warming center may contact the Police Department at their non-emergency number: 874-3221. Other warming centers include: The Michigan City Police Department lobby (24 hours) The Michigan City Fire Administration Building (8am-4pm) If anyone is at Fire Administration Building at closing time, the Fire Department or Police Department will supply them with a ride to City Hall. Until further notice, the city is banning parking on posted SNOW ROUTES. Cars may not at any time be parked on a posted snow route. Effective immediately, the Michigan City Police Department will begin towing cars at a $165.00 minimum cost to the owner of a vehicle not moved from a posted snow route. Snow routes are main thoroughfares through the city and keeping them clear is vital for the travel of public health and safety vehicles in an emergency situation. Regular garbage pick-up will be one day late this week. Status of all Tuesday governmental meetings will be announced on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Mayor Meer would like to thank the citizens for their cooperation. The Mayor would also like to remind citizens to check on and help their neighbors when possible, especially the elderly and to please take care of pets....

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NB and SB I-65 from US 30 to Lafayette Closed Again

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INDOT reopened I-80/94 and I-65 in northwest Indiana this afternoon, but officials now report both directions of I-65 are now closed again between US-30 and Lafayette. More snow is expected tonight with blowing and drifting snow and icy roads expected as well. ...

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Porter County to Lift State of Emergency at 6am Tuesday

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A State of Emergency remains in effect in Porter County until 6am tomorrow. Porter County Sheriff's Department Public Information officer Sgt. Larry LaFlower says the Porter County Board of Commissioners says county government offices will open at 10am. Indiana Government offices are closed until 10am local time tomorrow.  The State of Emergency in Lake County is also expected to be lifted tomorrow.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence today has declared a state of disaster emergency for 29 counties affected by the severe weather that began on Sunday. Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Starke and Pulaski Counties in northwest Indiana are among the 29 counties listed....

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NWI Counties Included in State of Disaster Emergency

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Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence has declared a state of disaster emergency for 29 counties affected by the severe weather that began on January 5.
“As a result of the severe snowstorms, extreme cold and dangerous wind conditions that have impacted counties across Indiana, I have declared a state of disaster emergency in the 29 counties that were most affected by the storm, and the State of Indiana stands ready to assist Hoosiers as needed,” said Governor Pence. “We will continue to respond to this serious winter storm and evaluate its impact on other Indiana counties going forward.”
The counties included in the declaration are: Clinton, Delaware, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, Rush, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, White, and Whitley.
Assessments are ongoing and more counties may be added if needed....

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S. Shore to Resume Regular Train Service Tuesday

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NICTD reports South Shore train service between Michigan City and Chicago will resume tomorrow. Officials say service there will begin with westbound train 102, which is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 5:43am. Meanwhile, between South Bend and Michigan City, officials say they plan to temporarily bus passengers starting tomorrow and due to low volume numbers they will not bus from Hudson Lake, so passengers are advised to drive to the Carroll Avenue Station in Michigan City. ...

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Winter WX Ban to Expire Tonight for Indiana Toll Road

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Officials with the Indiana Toll Road report their Winter Weather Ban will expire this evening at 7pm EST/6pm CST. The ban had been in effect for the entire length of the Toll Road since Saturday night for all triple, long-double and high profile oversize permit loads as well as low profile steel haulers. Meanwhile INDOT has reopened I-65 and I-80/94, but much of the state including northwest Indiana remains under a travel warning, which means individuals are being directed to refrain from traveling. ...

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INDOT Reopens I-80/94 and I-65

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LAKE COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the reopening of I-94 (Between the Illinois state line and Michigan City) and I-65 (Between Gary and Lafayette). But drivers are advised to use extreme caution, take it slow, and travel at their own risk. Like the majority of roads across Northwest Indiana, and the state, conditions are extremely hazardous and non-emergency travel is strongly discouraged. Drivers should expect to encounter slick conditions and blowing and drifting snow both on the main line interstates and ramps.
In these subzero temperatures, road salt is not as effective on icy roadways. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and sand, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well.
INDOT officials stress all roadways are extremely hazardous across Northwest Indiana. Some roads remain impassable due to drifting snow, others are passable but with narrow lanes, while others are clear of loose snow, but hard-pack snow and ice has made for dangerously slick conditions.
Sections of I-94 and I-65 closed to all traffic Sunday evening due to impassable roadways and ramps that stranded many motorists. INDOT and Indiana State Police worked throughout the night to rescue dozens of people from their vehicles.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit  http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....

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Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Portage

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Mayor James Snyder has declared a state of emergency for the City of Portage due to the Winter Storm and dangerous wind chills. Portage roads have not been shutdown, but residents are being encouraged to limit travel. As of 10am this morning, the Portage Street Department reported all main roads had been cleared curb-to-curb, with secondary roads being 65-percent clear. City officials remind residents to leave their faucet on to a slow drip, and to check on the elderly, children and pets often, as they are the most susceptible to frostbite if outdoors for any extended time.
The Portage Fire Department reports responding to several non-weather related calls throughout Sunday night and this morning and the City reports tomorrow's City Council meeting has been postponed until January 14th due to the weather. ...

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Pence to Sign State of Emergency

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Record-breaking arctic cold in the Midwest. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is signing a state of emergency for at least 27 counties ... to help deal with more than a foot of snow, power outages and icy roads. Pence says, "we're dealing with extreme cold temperatures and the combination of the wind and the temperatures have set Indiana on a path where we could be experiencing the coldest temperatures we have seen in 20 years."

Pence says the plan is to shift resources to northwest Indiana, which was hardest hit by the storm and cold. About half the state, including northwest Indiana remains under a travel warning....

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Region Warming Centers

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Here is a short list of Warming Centers in the Region:

Valparaiso's Harre Union on the VU Campus as well as the Valpo PD and FD
Cedar Lake Town Hall Meeting Room
Chesterton Town Hall
Crown Point Civic Center
Heritage Hall Community Center in East Chicago
Gensis Convention Center Gary
Gary Public Safety Building (24hrs)
Calumet Township Mutipurpose Center (24hrs)
Merrillvile Town Hall
Michigan City Police Dept Lobby (24hrs)
Michigan City City Hall
Portage Fire Stations
Portage Township South Haven Fire Department *Call Crazy Cab @962.4949 for escort in Portage Township*
Valpariaso YMCA
Burnham Police Department...

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Portions of Interstate I-65 and I-80/94 Closed

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The following is a traffic update from Indiana State Police:
Northern Indiana – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana State Police have mutually determined the following interstates are impassable the result of the ongoing winter snow storm:
• I-65 north and southbound from State Road 26 (172 mile marker) to U.S. 30 (253 mile marker); and
• I-80/94 east and westbound from U.S. 421 (34 mile marker) to the Illinois State Line (0 mile marker)
This action has been taken in the interest of public safety to preserve life and property. Based on this joint assessment, the Indiana State Police, with assistance from the Indiana National Guard, are assisting stranded motorists. Motorists forced to abandon their vehicle will be transported to places of shelter.
Once closed, persons that choose to ignore the notice and attempt to travel on the affected portions of the interstate do so at their own risk. Deliberate disregard of this notice places the motorist and all occupants of the vehicle at risk of serious injury or death. It also jeopardizes the safety of public safety personnel who engage in rescue efforts of stranded motorists.
With portions of the interstate closed, INDOT resources will be able to take aggressive action to clear entry and exit ramps as well as the main line of the interstate. It is not possible to estimate when the interstate will be reopened, as it will be weather and condition dependent. It is reasonable to expect the interstate will not reopen the rest of January 5th. Updates on the status of the closed portions of the interstate system will be made starting the morning of January 6, 2014. Citizens should tune to local media for future updates.
People living in the affected areas are urged to stay home and avoid travel unless there is a life threatening emergency that necessitates travel. Indiana residents residing in areas around and south of the affected closed interstate should postpone travel plans to the affected areas as local roads are also in poor condition....

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