Latest storm update: Shelter to open at High School for people without power
All Carmel Clay Schools and University High School will be closed Monday due to the dangerously low temperatures and high winds. Carmel residents are encouraged to stay indoors and off the roads all day.
Hamilton County is currently experiencing a number of power outages, mostly around Carmel. Due to the extreme weather conditions, public officials working with Red Cross is opening a shelter at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Area residents in need of temporary shelter are encouraged to seek shelter at Carmel High School, Door 21 on the northeast side of the school. Red Cross workers will be available at the school to assist those in need.
At this time, Carmel High School, 520 E. Main Street, is the only shelter open in Hamilton County. Officials will continue to monitor conditions and power outages to determine if additional shelters are needed. Other shelter locations have been identified throughout the county but are not open at this time.
All state and county government offices will be closed Monday, but Carmel City Hall will be open Monday for essential personnel in order to serve the citizens of Carmel in need, however, non-essential employees have been advised to take precaution and not try to get to work if roads are too dangerous.
“During the aftermath of the storm I believe it is our responsibility to be open if it all possible and have the phones answered and personnel available to help the public,” said Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.
However, Carmel City Hall will only be open under “limited operations mode” which allows non-essential employees to choose whether to come in based on their own decision. Meanwhile, Carmel City Court has decided to close its hearings for the day. Those scheduled to appear are not required due to the inclement weather and hazardous weather conditions by order of Judge Brian G. Poindexter. All individuals will be sent their new date to appear by mail. They may inquire by phone at 517-2440 as to their new court date.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday, January 6 resulting in dangerous travel conditions. Snow accumulation is expected to be upwards of 9 – 14 inches. Strong winds are expected resulting in blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures are predicted to drop significantly, resulting in dangerously cold wind chills between 25 and 45 degrees below zero. In these blizzard-like conditions, residents are encouraged to stay off the roads in order to avoid hazardous driving areas and ensure clear access for plowing equipment and emergency vehicles.