Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 5, 2014

51st UPDATE: News from snowstorm


Kokomo Tribune

Kokomo — EASTERN, SOUTHEASTERN SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY: "Be safe, Comets!" Eastern Superintendent Tracy Caddell tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

CITY: SHOVEL WALKS, MOVE VEHICLES: The city of Kokomo urges residents to clear snow and ice from sidewalks around their property and remove illegally parked and abandoned vehicles. "Help make Kokomo safe for everyone," a press release said Wednesday. Vehicles that are not removed soon will be towed, the city warned.

WESTERN SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY: As reported by the Kokomo sports staff.

KOKOMO SENIOR CENTER CLOSED THURSDAY: The senior center will remain closed because of a water main break.

PERU SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY: Peru district makes decision, "due to road conditions for buses on county roads & sidewalk/bus stop condition," it said in Wednesday tweet.

TIPTON TRASH COLLECTION SUSPENDED: The city Street Department has suspended trash and recycling collections until Monday, Jan. 13. It will resume the normal collection schedule at that time.

HOWARD COUNTY CENTER TOWNSHIP OFFICE CLOSED: Trustee Jean Lushin has been forced to close the office Wednesday and likely Thursday due to a broken water pipe in the ceiling of the office.

TIPTON CLOSES EMERGENCY SHELTER: EMA Director Chuck Bell tells Tribune reporter Martin Slagter the emergency shelter at Tipton's Trinity Wesleyan Church, which aided 48 overnight guests Sunday, has closed and is on standby, if the need arises.

KOKOMO SENIOR CENTER CLOSED WEDNESDAY: The senior center will be closed Wednesday due to a water main break.

IVY TECH PUSHES BACK REGISTRATION DEADLINE: All Ivy Tech Community College campuses will allow students to continue to register for spring 2014 classes through Sunday, Jan. 19, due to extensive campus closures this week. The semester still will begin Monday, Jan. 13, but the college is giving students through the first week of classes to get registered.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL: No prenatal class Wednesday.

YMCA: The Kokomo Y will reopen both the downtown and child care facilities Wednesday at 9 a.m.

CARE CENTER REOPENS: The Kokomo MedExpress Urgent Care Center at 1010 S. Reed Road has reopened.

RAILROAD CROSSING ARMS STUCK: Tipton E911 reported at about 2:35 p.m. Tuesday that the crossing arms on Ind. 28 in Hobbs are stuck in the down position. "Railroad has been notified," E911 said.

2 LIBRARY BRANCHES OPEN: Kokomo-Howard County public library officials tweeted at about 2:25 p.m. that the main branch in downtown Kokomo and the south branch on Center Road are open. The Russiaville branch, however, is still closed.

CEREMONY CANCELED: Indiana University Kokomo's School of Nursing sophomore induction ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, has been canceled.

MIAMI COUNTY UPGRADES TRAVEL FOR RESIDENTS: Tribune reporter Carson Gerber says Miami County officials have improved the county travel status. Residents may travel to work or for medical care. Officials say roads remain in "bad," but limited travel is permitted.

STATE GOVERNMENT UPDATE: Heavy snowfall totals can be found throughout central and northern Indiana. Some locations are reporting totals of up to 15 inches. The southern portion of the state received significantly less snowfall, however some locations are reporting up to 8 inches of snow.

Today, dangerously low temperatures continue into the morning. High temperatures are expected to finally creep back into positive digits as the day progresses, with a high temperature of 6 degrees forecasted for Indianapolis. The warm up is expected to continue overnight, with highs Wednesday approaching 30 degrees.

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Peru, Maconaquah, Northwestern and Eastern schools will be closed Wednesday.

KOKOMO YMCA CLOSED TUESDAY: Personnel at the Y tweeted, "We will update soon with opening times for [Wednesday]."

COUNTY ROADS UPDATE: Commissioner Paul Wyman tweeted, at about 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, to "remember essential travel only today. Many county roads are now open and passable but overnight winds have had a [negative] effect."

MAYOR ON STREET INSPECTION: Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight tweeted, at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, he's "seeing a lot of untouched driveways and cars," while inspecting city streets. "Lots of snowmen in yards though," the mayor tweeted.

RESCUE MISSION UPDATE: The Kokomo Rescue Mission dining room at 321 W. Mulberry St. will be open each day to anyone needing shelter from the cold from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The warming center will serve coffee and hot chocolate, and hats and gloves will be available to those who need them. The Mission's shelter for men and its Open Arms shelter for women and children will remain open for those seeking overnight shelter. The Mission's thrift stores -- A Great Find in Frankfort, at 1415 E. Wabash, and the Care & Share Store at 314 W. Mulberry in Kokomo, as well as the warehouse and Mission office in Kokomo will be closed Tuesday.

HOWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENT: Howard County buildings and offices will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m. Monday's commissioners' meeting will be moved to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Howard County Drainage Board and public hearings for drain assessments are canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

KOKOMO-HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: KHCPL plans to open all locations at 1 Tuesday. This is a tentative plan and could change, so please check our Facebook page or call for updated information before coming to our facilities. We want to be open to serve you, without risking your safety or the safety of our employees. Thank you for your understanding.

COMMUNITY HOWARD: Replay Physical Therapy, 2312 S Dixon Road and Kokomo Sports Center, 111 W Southway Blvd. will be closed Tuesday.

KOKOMO HUMANE SOCIETY: Will be closed Tuesday. Animal control will work from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with emergency services available after hours. County residents should contact the Howard County Sheriff's Department with animal control complaints, and Kokomo residents should contact the Kokomo Police Department, and they will dispatch animal control officers. Regular hours for the Humane Society are expected to resume Wednesday.

YMCA: The child care development center will be closed Tuesday. The YMCA will be closed at least until noon Tuesday and all swim lessons are canceled.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL CLOSURES: All St. Vincent Medical Group offices including immediate care; St. Joseph central scheduling; St. Joseph cashier's office; St. Joseph PET/CT; St. Joseph physical and sports therapy at Southway; St. Joseph physical and sports therapy at Forest Park; St. Joseph cardiopulmonary rehab; St. Joseph COAG clinic; St. Joseph outpatient radiology; St. Joseph women's center; St. Joseph wound healing center; St. Joseph cancer center; All

Trinity outpatient services; Clinic of Hope.

EMERGENCY SHELTER: The American Red Cross shelter in the Howard County  United Way building will be open through Tuesday. If power restoration is delayed  Carver Community Center will be opened as a shelter. Primrose Retirement Community has power to only one wing and may have to move residents.  2-1-1 United Way of Howard County will have coverage until noon Tuesday from Indianapolis. Local call center staff as well as United Way administrative staff will return to work Tuesday at noon.

IUK TO CLOSE: Indiana University Kokomo had planned to open Tuesday but announced it will be closed. New student orientation has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. Friday in Alumni Hall.

STATE OF DISASTER EMERGENCY DECLARED: Gov. Mike Pence declared a

state of emergency in 29 Indiana counties, including Howard and Tipton.

“As a result of the severe snowstorms, extreme cold and dangerous wind conditions that have impacted counties across Indiana, I have declared a state of disaster emergency in the 29 counties that were most affected by the storm, and the State of Indiana stands ready to assist Hoosiers as needed,” said Governor Pence. “We will continue to respond to this serious winter storm and evaluate its impact on other Indiana counties going forward.”

STATE POLICE CLOSE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF U.S. 31 BYPASS: Tribune reporter Carson Gerber says, at 2:55 p.m. Monday, the southbound lane of the new U.S. 31 bypass is temporarily closed, as state Department of Transportation plows try to clear 4-foot snow drifts from the roadway.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL TUESDAY CLOSINGS: PET/CT will reopen Wednesday; Physical & Sports Therapy at Southway and Forest Park will be closed.

KOKOMO SCHOOL BOARD MEETING CANCELED: No word yet when meeting will

be rescheduled, Tribune reporter Lauren Fitch says.

ANOTHER ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL CLOSING: St. Joseph Hospital Sleep Disorders Center is closed Monday.

CALLS FOR SERVICE: Tribune reporter Carson Gerber says Kokomo and Howard County officers have been dispatched to 125 snow-related calls since 11 a.m. Monday. No deaths reported.

POWER OUTAGE UPDATE: According to Tribune reporter Martin Slagter, 105 homes still without power at 2 p.m. Monday in Tipton County; 17 residences without power in Howard County.

KOKOMO TRIBUNE E-EDITION OPEN TO ALL READERS: Due to closed roads and travel warnings, our carriers have not been able to make all their deliveries. All readers now have access to our e-edition, a full edition of the print product. Just click on the "e-edition" button on the left-hand rail of our webpage.

DUKE MAKES ESTIMATE FOR RETURNING POWER: Tribune reporter Martin Slagter says Duke Energy anticipates power to be restored in the city of Kokomo to those without it by 11:30 p.m. Monday.

WESTERN, NORTHWESTERN CLOSE SCHOOLS TUESDAY: Students, you may sleep in.

KOKOMO CHANGES TRAVEL STATUS, COUNTY RESTRICTIONS REMAIN: The city of Kokomo now is under a travel watch. People may travel to and from work. The rest of Howard County remains under a travel warning until midnight. Driving is limited to only emergency workers and essential government personnel.

PERU LIFTS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Tribune reporter Carson Gerber reports Peru has lifted "Code Red" travel emergency within the city limits. Mayor Jim Walker says roads are passable. Miami County, however, is still under the "Code Red" travel status.

IU KOKOMO BASKETBALL GAME MOVED: Game with Salem will be 4 p.m. Wednesday.

IND. 22 CLOSES: Tribune reporter Carson Gerber says the state Department of Transportation has closed a 7-mile stretch of Ind. 22, east of Kokomo, from Ind. 213 to Ind. 13. Ind 213 south of Ind. 22 also is closed.

POWER OUTAGES: Tribune reporter Lauren Fitch says 97 homes in Howard County are without power. In Tipton County, 1,838 homes don't have power.

REMINDER FROM CITY, COUNTY: Government essential workers and public health and safety personnel only allowed on roads for travel until noon Monday.

KOKOMO TRIBUNE DELIVERIES EXTENDED: Due to poor driving conditions, please give your carriers until this afternoon to deliver Monday's paper.

MORE ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL CLOSINGS MONDAY: St. Joseph at Home; St. Joseph Hospice.

EVEN MORE ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL CLOSINGS MONDAY: St. Joseph Hospital cashiers' office; St. Joseph Hospital mail room and and courier service.

MORE ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL CLOSINGS MONDAY: All St. Vincent Medical Group offices in Kokomo, including Med One and Immediate Care; St. Vincent Medical Group offices in Greentown; St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center; Clinic of Hope; St. Joseph Hospital central scheduling; St. Joseph Radiology Department; St. Joseph Women's Center; Wound Healing Center. New Associate General Orientation has been rescheduled for 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesday.

ALL INDIANA UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES CLOSE MONDAY: Campuses will be closed until 9 p.m. Monday. Administrators will re-evaluate closings Monday evening.

ALL IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES CLOSE MONDAY:

KOKOMO YMCA CLOSED MONDAY: That includes the Child Care Center.

KOKOMO-HOWARD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSES MONDAY: That includes all branches.

DELPHI ELECTRONICS CLOSES UNTIL NOON MONDAY: That is when the travel restrictions are to be lifted.

KOKOMO SENIOR CENTER CLOSES MONDAY.

KOKOMO CITY-LINE TROLLEY WILL NOT OPERATE MONDAY: Spirit of Kokomo bus will be used in emergencies.

ALL KOKOMO CHRYSLER PLANTS CLOSE MONDAY: Until start of 2nd shift.

PENCE CLOSES ALL STATE OFFICES MONDAY: Essential personnel will report to work to ensure public safety and critical services are available.

"We want to ensure that our employees are safe and that Hoosiers have access to critical public services," the governor said. "I am limiting the number of employees who must report to work on Monday to help keep people off the roads and out of the extreme cold, even while we make sure that Hoosiers have access to necessary government services."

BALL STATE CANCELS CLASSES: Here's an email from Ball State University, Muncie:

"There will be no classes at Ball State University or the Indiana Academy on Monday, January 6. Burris Laboratory School will be closed on Monday, January 6.

"Ball State University will be closed from 11:30 p.m. Sunday, January 5 until 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 7. All university offices will be closed during this period."

TIPTON COUNTY SHERIFF REPORTS SEMI ON ITS SIDE: According to the Tipton sheriff, tweeted about 2:50 p.m., "a semi tanker is on its side, north of County Road 600 S (296th St. Hamilton County) on northbound US 31. Avoid the area!!

MIAMI COUNTY CLOSES COURTHOUSE MONDAY: "Be safe & stay warm!" personnel tweet.

MIAMI COUNTY ISSUES 'LEVEL RED' TRAVEL WARNING: Miami County commissioners have asked residents to refrain from all travel, according to a 2:44 p.m. fax Sunday from Sheriff Timothy Miller.

TIPTON COUNTY ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING: As of about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Tipton County says it could limit travel to only emergency management personnel.

HOWARD COUNTY ISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY: Only essential travel permitted, after noon Sunday announcement.

KOKOMO TRASH PICKUP: At about 11:15 a.m. Sunday, the city announced it would not pick up trash Monday. If your trash is picked up on Monday, put it out Jan. 13.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL CANCELLATIONS FOR MONDAY: Cardiopulminary Rehab will be closed; C.O.A.G. Clinic will be closed, and patients can call to reschedule; all prenatal classes are canceled.

MORE ST. JOSEPH CANCELLATIONS FOR MONDAY: All Trinity outpatient services are closed; Physical & sports therapy at both Southway and Forest Park are closed.

STARBUCKS CLOSING: Both of Kokomo's Starbucks locations are closing at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jenn Jarocki said on Twitter.

CITY SNOW CREWS: City announced 30 plows and more than a dozen support vehicles on the roads. "Give them room, don't drive unless necessary," the city tweeted at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.