Northwest Indiana Counties Declare States of Emergency
January 6, 2014 by Jerry Howard
The Lake County, Indiana Sheriff & Commissioners have issued a state of emergency until further notice due to weather. They want only emergency vehicles to be active on unincorporated areas of the county, urging citizens to adhere to this order.
Board of County Commissioners President Michael RePay says, “In order to allow for our Sheriff’s Department and Highway Department to more effectively handle the weather conditions, I am declaring an emergency for the unincorporated areas of Lake County Indiana. Emergency and highway personal only are allowed on the roadways until further notice. ”
Due to severe weather we’ve are experiencing, the County offices will be closed today.
Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties also have weather-related emergency alerts, along with some individual cities, such as Michigan City and Gary.
Jasper County Sheriff Terry Risner says his county is under a winter weather warning through tomorrow, as the National Weather Service forecasts high winds, drifting snow and subzero temperatures that create a dangerous situation throughout the area, “We are asking residences to take all necessary precautions and leave extra travel time if on the roadways.”
He asks residents who are in an emergency and needing a warming center to contact local law enforcement for additional information as those centers have been identified through the Jasper County Emergency Management Office.
Yesterday, Jasper County Commissioners declared a Snow Emergency effective until further notice for the entire county. Under Jasper County Ordinance, during a snow emergency, no travel will be permitted on county roads unless an emergency exists, advising, “If you have an emergency please dial 911 and for non-emergencies dial 219-866-7344.”