Yellow travel advisory for Marion County in effect; city on two-hour delay Wednesday

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2015) – As central Indiana deals with snow and extreme cold, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said a yellow travel advisory will go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday and remain in effect until necessary.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Regional Operations Center, Ballard said he was concerned about the extremely cold weather set to grip the city. Dangerously low temperatures and wind chills are expected. He said Indy Snow Force will remain on full alert to keep roads clear.

“I encourage all Indianapolis residents to take the precautions necessary to be safe,” said Ballard. “The weather we’re facing this week is not as severe as what we faced a year ago, but I cannot stress enough that the predicted temperatures are dangerous.  I am asking schools and businesses to take this seriously, and adapt operations to keep people safe, especially children.”

Ballard said the city would operate on a two-hour delay both Wednesday and Thursday to give employees extra travel time. The move affects city and county government offices; Ballard said schools and businesses would make their own determination. Wednesday trash collection will be suspended, and the Department of Public Works will evaluate conditions and determine when it’s safe to resume trash pickup.

He urged Indianapolis residents to check on elderly neighbors. He told reporters that frostbite can set in within 10 minutes of exposure and expressed concerns about leaving children out in the cold. He said he didn’t want to see kids standing at bus stops for too long as temperatures plunge.

Ballard asked that pet owners bring their pets indoors and make sure they have access to non-frozen water.

Warming centers will be on standby and will open if conditions merit, Ballard said.

  • The City’s Emergency Operations Center is activated and will remain open around the clock until weather conditions improve.
  • The Department of Public Works will suspend trash collection on Wednesday, January 7 and will evaluate weather conditions to determine when trash collection may resume safely.
  • Indy Snow Force has been out since Sunday evening and will remain activated at full force (90 plows) through at least 11 a.m., January 7.  They will stay activated longer if necessary.

Mayor Ballard urged residents to check on elderly relatives and neighbors, keep children safe by not exposing them to cold weather for any length of time, and take additional precautions to be safe.  This may include the following:

  • Filling gas tanks
  • Stocking extra food
  • Preparing an emergency kit in vehicles that includes a hat, gloves, blanket, water and snacks