Travel warnings remain for parts of Indiana
Residents across much of southern and central Indiana are being asked to remain off the roads while cleanup continues from the winter storm that hit the state.
The state Department of Homeland Security reports early Thursday that more than 30 counties have travel warnings or watches in effect, restricting travel to emergency personnel only or for only essential trips.
Authorities say blowing snow continued to cause problems after the snowfall ended Wednesday.
The National Weather Service reported the heaviest snowfall of about a foot in the Bloomington area. Evansville had 7.7 inches of snow, with 7.3 in Indianapolis for the city's deepest snowfall since January 2009.
The storm was less severe further north as 2 to 4 inches fell in the Fort Wayne and South Bend areas.
Indy Snow Force has been worked through the night and will continue to clear the streets Thursday. Ninety drivers were due to report at 11:00 am to salt and plow for 12-hour shifts.
Crews will focus on all snow routes as temperatures will remain in the mid twenties and chances of re-freezing might occur. Indy Snow Force contractors will continue to clear residential areas until late afternoon when they will be released.
Citizens with disabilities or those who may need medical or health-related assistance should contact Connect 2 Help at 211, or 926-HELP (926-4357).
Emergency Operations Center
The State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center has been operating with increased staffing since early Wednesday morning, including the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana National Guard, Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The EOC will decrease staffing levels at noon, and will return to normal staffing to continue monitoring conditions around the state.
Indiana Department of Transportation continues to plow interstates, U.S. highways and state routes with approximately 575 trucks.