Hamilton County residents itching to get outside

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HAMILTON COUNTY — It was slow going on the roads in Hamilton County Tuesday, but that didn’t keep many residents from venturing outside.

One tweet from a resident said it all: “Day 3 being stuck in my house has me feeling like this,” that resident wrote, alongside a photo of Jack Nicholson’s famous “Here’s Johnny” line in The Shining.

While it certainly wasn’t that drastic, it was clear on the roads that people were done being cooped up indoors.

Traffic was noticeably busier throughout the day along State Road 37 in Noblesville.

“I know a lot of folks’ patience are wearing thin from being stuck at home. … They’re anxious to get out,” Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen said.

Still, travel came with a warning from the Sheriff himself.

“The roadways are about 95% passable but still snow-packed and very icy,” Bowen said.

Hamilton County did plan, in many ways, to get back to business Wednesday.

The County Courthouse will open Wednesday morning for regular business, including the rescheduling of court appearances missed earlier this week.

“We also will be open tomorrow and (run) business as usual in the city of Noblesville,” Mayor John Ditslear said.

About 200 Duke Energy customers remained without power in Hamilton County late Tuesday night. A Red Cross shelter at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds will remain open until at least Noon Wednesday and will accept pets along with residents.

Still, that shelter remained mostly empty into the night and power was expected to be mostly restored by morning. Even the Emergency Operations Center, housed at the Sheriff’s Office, packed up by the end of the day.

All of those were signs that normal life in the county is expected to resume soon.

“(We’re) depending on Mother Nature to raise the temperature and it just can do nothing but get better from here,” Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said.

Despite plans to open government operations and businesses Wednesday, all Hamilton County school districts made decisions to remain closed for a third day.