INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard has upgraded the city’s travel emergency level to red. This represents the highest level making it illegal for anyone to drive except for emergency personnel, emergency purposes or seeking shelter. The Mayor intends to re-evaluate the situation at noon and provide further updates shortly thereafter. The last time the City of Indianapolis issued a travel warning was during the 1978 blizzard.
“Today’s heavy snow and the rapidly falling temperatures make it unsafe for anyone to drive in Marion County,” said Mayor Ballard.
The extreme cold and Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) forecast of prolonged power outages also prompted the Mayor to open emergency shelter locations at 17 Indy Parks as quickly as possible and the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC) for residents to call if they need assistance reaching a shelter.
“IPL says people who have lost power should not expect it to be restored in the next 24 to 48 hours. People without a safe alternative source of heat need to seek alternative shelter with a friend, family member, neighbor or make your way to one of our City shelter facilities,” said Mayor Ballard.
Meteorologists expect the temperature to begin quickly dropping in Indy reaching lows around -17 tomorrow. Below zero temperatures are forecast through Wednesday.
Indy residents who cannot secure transportation to a shelter location should call the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC) at 327-4MAC to arrange for transportation.
People can also call the below organizations for assistance during the storm, if necessary:
Animal Care and Control: 317-327-1388
IMPD Non-Emergency: 317-327-3811
Marion County Emergency Operations Center: 317-487-6229
Indianapolis Fire Department: Call 911
Below is a list of the current status of emergency shelter locations.
|Bethel Park Family Center||2850 Bethel Avenue||Open|
|Broad Park Ripple Family Center||1550 Broad Ripple Avenue||Open|
|Brookside Park Family Center||3500 Brookside Parkway S. Drive||Open|
|Christian Park Family Center||4200 English Avenue||Open|
|Douglass Park Family Center||1616 E. 25th Street||Open|
|Garfield Park Burrello Family Center||2345 Pagoda Drive||Open|
|JTV Hill Family Center||1806 Columbia Avenue||Open|
|Krannert Park Family Center||605 S. High School Road||Open|
|Municipal Gardens Family Center||1831 Lafayette Road||Open|
|Pride Park Family Center||1129 S. Vandeman Street||Estimated Opening 10:30pm|
|Raymond Park Facility Hours||8575 E. Raymond Street||Open|
|Rhodius Park Family Center||1720 W. Wilkins Street||Open|
|Riverside Park Family Center||2420 N. Riverside E. Drive||Open|
|Thatcher Park Family Center||4649 W. Vermont Street||Open|
|Washington Park Family Center||3130 E. 30th Street||Open|
|Watkins Park Family Center||2360 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Street||Open|
|Windsor Park Family Center||6510 E. 25th Street||Open|
Via Mayor Ballard’s Office press release