Mayor and DPW Director: Stay Home If You Don't Have to Be Out
INDIANAPOLIS--The snow event that is expected to start early Saturday could continue to affect central Indiana through Monday morning, when melted snow could refreeze in time for the Monday morning commute. As the snow accumulates Saturday, you're being asked to stay home, if you don't have to be out.
"If you don't need to be out on the roads this weekend, please leave them clear for your own safety, as well as our plows and emergency vehicles," said Mayor Joe Hogsett, at a Friday news conference at the city's Emergency Operations Center.
IPL is ready for the winter weather this weekend. We are fully staffed and prepared to respond to outages. While snow isn't a direct cause of power outages, auto accidents involving utility poles are. Exercise caution and put safety first this weekend if you must travel. https://t.co/IhqCfXkW0O
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Director of Public Works Dan Parker echoed Hogsett's request.
"Please stay home and watch the game and stay off of the roads if possible. Limiting unnecessary travel during a snow event helps our crews be more effective and keeps everyone safer," said Parker.
Parker said DPW will have 80 trucks our to pre-treat the main streets with salt, and those trucks will plow the main streets when the snow starts to accumulate. He said if you do have to be out, and you encounter plows, give them room to work.
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"We'll be working through the snow event, and that includes our forestry team members who will deal with any downed tree limbs," said Parker.
Hogsett encouraged people to check on elderly friends and relatives, and make sure they have heat and are safe.
You can follow the DPW's progress, including a map of which roads and streets have been treated at www.indy.gov\snow .
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