Hamilton County officials give update on travel advisories

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HAMILTON COUNTY (Jan. 6, 2014) – Hamilton County authorities met Monday via conference call to determine travel advisories for the area.

A Travel Warning will remain in effect for county roads north of State Road 32. That means only emergency responders should be out on the roads. Residents should stay at home. It’s a slightly different story south of State Road 32, where a Travel Watch is in effect. That means only emergency travel or travel to and from work is advised (check county travel statuses here).

County highway workers said north/south roads in the northern part of the county are dangerous, with blowing and drifting snow covering roads just as soon as they’re plowed. East/west roads are slightly better but still dangerous.

Those guidelines apply to county roads, Hamilton County officials said. Each municipality sets its own travel advisory levels.  Residents should seek information from their local cities and towns for further guidance.

Cicero has downgraded its Travel Warning to a Travel Watch.

At noon there were approximately 200 power outages in Hamilton County, mostly in the Carmel area. A temporary shelter has been established at Carmel High School, Door 21, on the northeast part of the campus. This shelter will remain open until further notice. There are currently about 20 residents staying there. Anyone in need of warmth or shelter is welcome there.

The county is under a Blowing Snow Advisory until midnight on Monday and a Wind Chill Advisory until Tuesday. Extremely cold temperatures remain a threat to life so officials urge residents to remain at home or in a safe, warm place. Temperatures are expected to remain subzero with wind chills at -20 to -30. Also please make sure fire hydrants are cleared of snow in case of an emergency. The weight of snow and ice is putting a strain on structures and trees.

Hamilton County authorities remind residents to check on neighbors who may need help.

County offices will remain closed Tuesday, Hamilton County officials said. Many schools have canceled class (check closings and delays here).

Public safety workers remain active and on-duty. Dispatch can be reached at 317-773-1282 or 911 for an emergency.