Archive - Jan 7, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY -- All three of Whitley County's school districts will be closed Wednesday.
For a third day, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools will be closed.
WHITLEY COUNTY -- Due to the extreme weather conditions, the schedule for Week A for recycling has been adjusted to the following:
No collection for Wednesday
Wednesday's recycling will be picked up Thursday
Thursday's recycling will be picked up Friday
Friday's recycling will be picked up Saturday
Those who would've had recycling picked up Monday and Tuesday, the weather prevented crews for getting out. Recycling will take place as scheduled, which means customers who did not have recycling picked up will not be serviced until the next scheduled pick up date.
COLUMBIA CITY -- Trash pickup is delayed due to the extreme weather. Here is the revised schedule according to city officials:
Monday's normal pickup will be Wednesday
Tuesday's normal pickup will be Thursday
Wednesday's normal pickup will be Friday
Friday's normal pickup will be Saturday
WHITLEY COUNTY -- Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor, Whitley County Emergency Management and Whitley County Sheriff's Department have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.
A â€śWATCH Level 2 Travel Advisoryâ€ť has been issued at 5 p.m. until further notice.
A Watch level advisory may be declared when conditions threatening to the safety of the public.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” As slick road conditions and below-zero temperatures cause concern, Whitley County government offices remain closed today.
However, after the start of the legislative session was put on hold Monday, lawmakers are preparing for the first meetings of 2014 to begin this afternoon.
"I am ready to get back to work," said Ind. Sen. Jim Banks. "There are several key areas to address. Education issues are always a big priority. We have a lot of work to do."
WHITLEY COUNTY -- As road crews work to remove snow from the roads, county officials are reporting some icy conditions lurking underneath.
"I hate to be a doomsday-er, but I'm afraid that after we remove the snow, you're going to find the roads are ice-covered," said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber. "I think the ice came just prior to the snow -- please think about that."
In Churubusco, subcontractors were called to bring heavy equipment in to assist with snow removal.
(Jan. 7, 2014) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.
Deadly wind chills between 30 below and 40 below zero are expected in the morning with wind chills this afternoon between 20 and 30 below.
* FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA WILL OCCUR IN A MATTER OF MINUTES
WITH THESE EXPECTED WIND CHILLS. DEATH WILL ALSO OCCUR IF
PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Although travel restrictions have been lifted in nearby Allen County and Fort Wayne, Whitley County and other regional areas remain under government-imposed travel bans until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Only emergency or essential personnel are to be on the roadways in Whitley County.
Main thoroughfares, including U.S. 30 and state roads, were deeply rutted with compacted snow and glazed by an ice coating. Rural roadways were impassable in many areas due to continued drifting, while city and town streets remained just as treacherous.