Mayor Ballard closes City-County government Tuesday - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Mayor Ballard closes City-County government Tuesday

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has closed the City-County government on Tuesday and issued a two-hour delay for Wednesday due to extreme cold temperatures.

Essential employees are expected to report to work Tuesday.

The sheriff's department will again deploy officers to help move people from their houses should they run out of heat. Emergency shelters are available, as well.

Ballard says the important thing is to get people out of the cold.

"We want residents to check on neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled. Pet owners need to be checking on their animals. It is very important, because this is getting down into temperatures again which can be very, very deadly. Trash pick-up is now suspended through Wednesday because of the dangerous cold," the mayor said.

Ballard also announced Monday afternoon that Marion County remains under an orange-level travel advisory, but that IndyGo bus service will operate as normal.

Most of central Indiana remains under a Wind Chill Warning until noon Wednesday, with wind chill temperatures reaching as low as -35 degrees.

See all watches and warnings here.

Warming stations

The city has opened four warming stations to help protect residents from the bitter cold. The stations are located at the following parks:

Broad Ripple Park
1550 Broad Ripple Ave.
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Krannert Park
605 S. High School Rd.
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Garfield Park
2345 Pagoda Dr.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Christian Park
4200 English Ave.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The City of Anderson has also opened warming shelters for residents on Monday and Tuesday. The City of Anderson Transit Services (CATS) bus service is also offering free services during the cold.

"We don't want to see anyone walking in these conditions," said Sam Pellegrino, director of CATS. "Our biggest concern is safety, so we want to provide an opportunity for everyone to get where they are going safely."

The warming stations can be found at the following locations:

Salvation Army
1615 Meridian Street, Anderson, IN

Church Upon The Rock
303 E. 29th Street, Anderson, IN

Aletheia Fellowship
2505 Faith Drive, Anderson, IN

East Side Church of God
2600 E. 5th Street, Anderson, IN

Madison Park Church of God
6607 Providence Drive, Anderson, IN

Henry County has also opened warming stations for residents of that county. A list of available shelters is being updated on this site.

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