Weather related closings and delays

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Closings, delays and other announcements:
  • Elkhart Community Schools: For Sat. 1/10/15: No practices, contests, or bus departures for events will occur before noon.
  • The City of Benton Harbor/City Hall is closed on Friday because of the weather.
  • The Warsaw Community Public Library will be closed Friday.
  • Local fire departments would like residents to clear a three foot radius around fire hydrants near your home.
  • The La Porte Police Department is issuing a friendly reminder to vehicle owners regarding the City's 24-hour Parking Ordinance.
    The ordinance requires that owners who park on city streets move their vehicles a sufficient distance to allow for cleaning, maintenance and snow removal as needed, once every 24 hours. The ordinance is in effect year-round, however it becomes increasingly important during the winter months when snow accumulation is likely. Violations can result in fines and vehicle towing.
Warming Centers
  • The City of South Bend is partnering with St. Joseph County on an overnight warming site. The Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 1522 W. Linden, will be open overnight January 8 as a warming center. Residents with questions about non-emergency services are encouraged to call 311, South Bend's resident service line, between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
  • The City of Warsaw has established a warming center at the Center Lake Pavilion on Thursday and Friday, January 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for relief from expected sub-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills. The Center Lake Pavilion is located at 119 E. Canal Street in Warsaw.
  • Due to severe temperatures expected on 1/9/2015, a warming center will be established at the First United Methodist Church. (333 North Main Street South Bend) This warming center will be open from 8:00am-7:00pm. We urge all citizens who are in need of somewhere warm, to please take advantage of the shelter.
If you get stranded while driving
Because of the dangerously cold weather, the Indiana State Police have released the following tips if you get stranded in your vehicle.

  • Let someone know your route of travel.
  • Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.
  • Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
  • Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Do not panic, an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour. • Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.
  • Make sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • At night, leave your dome light on.
  • Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call the Indiana State Police or local police.
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