Indianapolis government to close tomorrow, travel watch to remain

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2014) – City-county government offices will close Tuesday and Marion County will remain on a travel watch (orange) in response to this week’s extreme cold.

During a news conference Monday afternoon, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said only essential city-county personnel should report to work Tuesday. Courts will be closed.

“Tomorrow is going to be a very cold day,” Ballard said.

Marion County will remain on a travel watch (orange) for Tuesday. IndyGo will run on its normal schedule.

“This is unlike anything I’ve experienced in Indianapolis,” said Ballard. “Even though there’s a lot of sunshine and the streets may look clear but -30, -35 degrees is very very dangerous.”

Ballard again urged all Indianapolis-area residents to check on their neighbors, the elderly and pets because of the potentially dangerous cold. He said shelter space and warming stations would remain available.

Last week, the city said trash pickup would be canceled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Ballard reiterated that pickup would be canceled and said residents will be able to double up on trash next week.

“I have to go to work still. Trash can wait,” said Michael Strauss, whose neighborhood has been piled with trash. “We’re just worried about staying warm and keeping our gas bill down.”

City-county offices will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday, Ballard said.

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