Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to more than 50 accidents in the city Tuesday morning.
Officials said 52 accidents occurred between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. During that time, officers responded to 10 personal injury accidents and 42 property damage accidents.
Snow began falling in Central Indiana Sunday night and continued through Monday, creating slick road conditions. The National Weather Service reported Indianapolis accumulated 9 inches of snow. Despite the historic snowfall amount, though, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works did not call in 60 contract drivers to plow neighborhood streets.
“We have a different kind of snowstorm,” said DPW spokeswoman Stephanie Sample. “The kind that we haven’t seen in more than 100 years. So we sat down, took a look at it and adjusted our strategy accordingly.”
Since 2008, the city has upheld a policy to call in the contractors if the city accumulated 6 or more inches of snowfall. If it was less, the city’s 90 trucks would stick to main and secondary streets. However, Sample said the timing and conditions prompted the decision to not call in the extra help.
City observers believed the ground temperature was warm enough to melt the snow quickly—possibly within 48 hours.
By not calling in the contractors, the city saved about $400,000. Indianapolis had already spent $4.8 million on snow removal this season before this latest winter storm.