All Newton County government offices will be closed again Tuesday, January 7th. Newton County remains under a snow emergency and all county roads are closed until further notice. County plows are operating for emergency fire, EMS, and police calls only.
Governor Quinn Provides Statewide Update on Response to Historic Winter Storm
Critical State Services Continue; Illinois National Guard Activated to Join Other State Emergency Responders
CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by key state emergency officials to provide a comprehensive update on the state's response to the historic winter storm and freeze. As all critical and emergency state services continue, the Governor has also activated the Illinois National Guard to help emergency crews across the state provide assistance during the bitter cold and dangerous weather conditions, which have included a hazardous combination of black ice and snow drifts.
Since last week, the state has deployed nearly 3,700 employees and 1,755 trucks from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) statewide to address the winter weather on state routes, and 200 staff and 182 snow plows from the Illinois Tollway. The Tollway has doubled the number of Zero Weather Road Patrols to assist customers stranded in their cars during the severe weather.
Additionally, Conservation Police Officers in snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive trucks are assisting stranded motorists throughout the state and helping find missing persons.
"The state of Illinois has mobilized all resources to keep residents safe while continuing to provide critical state services," Governor Quinn said. "We are facing a dangerous combination of low temperatures, black ice and snow drifts."
"I want to recognize the heroism of our state's first-responders and emergency personnel who have been working throughout the night and day to rescue motorists and provide critical services and assistance in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable," the Governor said.
A fire at a rental unit on Main Street in Manteno Sunday did about $60,000 damage. The cause is under investigation.
Fire officials report the rental unit was above a downtown business. The fire was contained to the one apartment, but three others had to be evacuated. Ten people were displaced. No injury was reported.
A chimney fire Friday resulted in $200,000 damage at a Manteno home. No injury was reported.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 220 PM CST MON JAN 6 2014
...BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND ICY ROADS THROUGH THIS EVENING...
WESTERLY WINDS GUSTING UP TO 30 TO 35 MPH AS OF MID AFTERNOON WILL ONLY SLOWLY DIMINISH THROUGH THIS EVENING. AS A RESULT...BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO RESULT IN HAZARDOUS ROAD TRAVEL CONDITIONS...ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AND RURAL AREAS. VISIBILITY WILL OCCASIONALLY BE REDUCED UNDER A HALF MILE...AND LOCALIZED BRIEF NEAR GROUND BLIZZARDS MAY OCCUR.
FURTHERMORE...LARGE SNOW DRIFTS CAN BE EXPECTED TO FORM ACROSS SOME ROADWAYS...ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE NORTH TO SOUTH ORIENTED.
FINALLY...DUE TO THE EXTREME COLD...ROAD SALT IS NOT EFFECTIVE IN MELTING SNOW AND ICE ON ROAD SURFACES...SO MANY ROADS ACROSS THE AREA ARE ICY AND DANGEROUS AND WILL REMAIN SO UNTIL THE AIR MASS MODERATES DURING MID WEEK.
MOTORISTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PREPARED TO ENCOUNTER HAZARDOUS WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS THROUGH THIS EVENING AND USE PLENTY OF EXTRA CAUTION. BRING A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU IF YOU MUST TRAVEL DUE TO THE DANGEROUSLY COLD WEATHER.
The artic-cold and drifting snow has severely restricted travel across much of Indiana.
Newton, Benton, White, Fountain, and Tippecanoe counties are under Travel Warnings. Travel is not recommended. The roaring wind Sunday night and this morning has blowing and drifting a problem. County routes are especially an issue. Some school districts are already announcing they'll be closed again Tuesday.
Cancellation notices are posted online at www.wgfaradio.com
Reports of three-foot drifts find many roads impassable. Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown said most of the roads in the county are drifted shut and impassible. He said there are two and three foot drifts on most roads. This even includes the major highways, like the new U.S. 231 and the Hoosier Heartland.
Sheriff deputies and state police were out Sunday helping people who were stranded and assisting with slide-offs and crashes.
That travel warning means that travel is restricted to emergency management workers only.