Indiana DHS – Severe Weather Update 1January 28th, 2009 at 3:45 pm by Jason Crundwell under Breaking News
State EOC Activation Level
Level III – Active Emergency Conditions – A situation has occurred requiring limited activation of the emergency operations center.
Description of Incident
A severe winter storm system moved through the state dumping heavy snow and freezing rain across most of Indiana. Up to 13 inches of snow and 1 inch of ice reported across central and southern Indiana causing power outages and transportation issues. School systems and county government offices across most of the southern 2/3 of the state were closed. Numerous traffic accidents and hundreds of road closures were reported. Roads in many areas were impassable.
Health, Safety and Security
Two fatalities have been confirmed. A Marengo woman (Crawford County) was killed in a weather-related traffic accident and a resident of Jackson County died while shoveling snow.
High 911 call volume in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Marion, Posey and Clark Counties. 43 counties have declared travel emergencies, sections of I-70, I-65, I-69 and I-74 are closed. Widespread power outages reported across areas of southwestern Indiana, Vanderburgh, Jefferson and Floyd, Warrick, Spencer.
154,349 customers are reported to be without power, most is southern and southwestern Indiana.
Sheltering population is 84, with a total of 13 shelters open and a capacity of 1485. Requests have been made for transportation resources to assist in the movement of residents to shelters.
County Emergency Declarations
Level 1 - A state of emergency has been declared by the county commissioners. Travel restricted to emergency personnel only.
Brown, Crawford, Dubois, Fountain, Morgan, Posey, Scott, Shelby and Washington
Level 2 – Conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended (to and from work, emergency situations, etc.).
Clay, Floyd, Grant, Huntington, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Rush, Union and Vanderburgh
Level 3 - Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, citizens should use caution or avoid these areas.
Adams, Benton, Blackford, Delaware, Hamilton and Steuben.
Please visit www.in.gov/dhs for current county emergency situations.
- Posey County – First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon: 7
- Clark County – Red Cross facility: 0
- Gibson County – Red Cross, Princeton: 0Vanderburgh County – Red Cross Chapter, Evansville: 0
- Warrick County – Booneville: 0
- Spencer County – Ohio Valley Fire Department: 0
- Floyd County – Salvation Army, New Albany: Unknown
- Floyd County – Indiana Creek Baptist Church, Georgetown: Unknown
- Scott County – Scottsburg High School: 0
- Crawford County – Marengo, Hillview Christian Church: 9
- Washington County – Hospital: Unknown
- Marion County – Indianapolis Grey Hound Terminal – 75
Total Reported Shelter Population: 84
Total Capacity Available: 2,181
Critical Infrastructure and Facilities
- Duke Energy – 60,449 – Expected Restoration: 01/30/2009
- Clarksville – 38,750
- Cordon/Salem – 17,039
- Madison – 4,660
- Vectren – 69,400 – Expected Restoration: 02/02/2009
- Vanderburgh – 46,000
- Warrick – 12,000
- Gibson – 1,200
- Spencer – 4,600
- Posey – 5,600
- Clark County REMC – 4,000 – Expected Restoration: 01/30/2009
- Harrison County REMC – 12,000
- Dubois REMC – 2,500 – Expected Restoration: 01/30/2009
- Orange County REMC – 500 – Expected Restoration: 01/30/2009
- Jackson County REMC – 3,500 – Expected Restoration: 01/30/2009
- Southeastern Indiana REMC – 2,000 – Expected Restoration: 01/31/2009