The Union Volunteer Fire Department has added two new fire trucks -- a 78-foot aerial quint and three-thousand gallon tanker-pumper. Fire Chief Tim Beach says the new ladder truck will help them reach rooftops in Shorewood Forest, where several homes are at least two-stories tall. Both will be parked at Station 2, which is just a little north of US 30 on County Road 600 West. Beach says having the tanker there will let the department quickly get three-thousand gallons of water to Union Township south of US 30, where a lot of areas don't have fire hydrants. [Photos/Provided]
Beach, who previously served as fire chief for Union Township in Porter County, was recently reappointed to that post by the Union Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors, replacing Jaime Garcia, who is no longer with the department. Beach, a 19-year member of the department, has also served as an Ogden Dunes police officer for the past eight years.
Dangerous pounding waves and life-threatening rip currents are expected today at Indiana and Illinois and beaches along the Lake Michigan shoreline. A Beach Hazards statement remains in effect through tonight (Mon Sep 02 2013). The National Weather Service Northern Indiana office says since 2002, about 20-percent of all known rip current fatalities, from Michigan City, Indiana, to St. Joseph, Michigan, have occurred around the Labor Day weekend. [Image/Northern Indiana National Weather Service]
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NWS Chicago (also includes NW Indiana):
The third and final phase of work on Valparaiso's newest roundabout is set to begin next week. City officials have announced that traffic patterns will shift on September 10th, when Vale Park Road will be closed 200 feet west of the five-points intersection. Additional restrictions will be in place. Trucks will not be allowed through the intersection.
Valparaiso Five-Points Roundabout Phase Three:
Vale Park Rd will be closed to all traffic from approximately 200' west of 5-Points Intersection to the intersection. There will be no access to or from Vale Park West at the intersection.
Calumet Ave to Glendale Blvd, to Valparaiso St to Vale Park Rd; OR
Calumet to Bullseye Lake Rd to Vale Park Rd
Due to the closure of Vale Park Rd West (see separate closure info above) and Phasing on the 5-Points Roundabout Project, Calumet Ave, Roosevelt Rd and Vale Park Rd East will be limited to the following directions:
Northbound Calumet can continue north on Calumet or east on Vale Park.
Southbound Calumet can ONLY continue south on Calumet.
Northbound Roosevelt can go north on Calumet or east on Vale Park.
Roosevelt: Calumet Ave to Glendale Blvd; Vale Park: Calumet Ave to Country Club Rd to Silhavy Rd; Truck Route: Calumet to Burlington Beach to SR49 OR Calumet to Rte130 to SR149...
About 13-hundred NIPSCO customers were without power as of this morning, mostly in Hammond and East Chicago area. Last night storms knocked out electricity to thousands of people in Northwest Indiana.
Outage map (refresh for latest info):
Several Region prep football games were canceled last night as strong thunderstorms rolled through the area. Games have been rescheduled for this morning and evening.
Here's a list of Northwest Indiana prep football games that were postponed until today:
Andrean at Merrillville
Boone Grove at Bishop Noll
Bowman Academy at Lake Station
Calumet at Hammond Clark
Culver at South Central (Union Mills)
Chicago Lindblom (Ill.) at Gary West Side
East Chicago Central at Lake Central
Griffith at Wheeler
Hammond v Highland (at Highland)
LaPorte at Hobart
Lowell at Hammond Morton
Mishawaka at Crown Point
Munster at Chesterton
Pioneer at Winamac, susp. to Sat
Rensselaer Central at North Newton, susp. to Sat
Whiting at Hammond Gavit
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