Pharos-Tribune

January 5, 2014

UPDATED: Logansport officials declare state of emergency


Pharos-Tribune

---- — UPDATES 9:54 A.M. MONDAY:

Cass County as a whole is now under a state of emergency, Cass Emergency Management Director Alvin Beckman has confirmed. Travel is restricted to emergency personnel only.

"The roads are virtually impassable," he emphasized. "The county highway is out trying to get some of these roads open, but the problem is, they've got so many people that have become stranded, they're just doing rescues right now."

Four-wheel-drive vehicles are getting stuck easily, Beckman said. "We're getting drifts 2-4 feet deep."

Power outages have been reported at Walton and between Young America and Galveston in Cass County and to the south feed of Ulerich Substation in Carroll County which feeds from Springboro Road to Highway 43 and south to Brookston.

The Ulerich outage is affecting 600-800 members of the Carroll-White REMC, according to a press release. The REMC still does not have service to the Deer Creek area which affects nearly 700 members.

Emergency shelters have been opened at the fire stations in Young America and Galveston and at Galveston United Methodist Church on Maple Street, Beckman said.

He urged residents to stay indoors if at all possible. In the case of a power outage, he said shelters were open for people who could get to them. If road conditions preclude that, he said, residents may call the county EMA at 574-722-2484 for transport or other assistance.

He said EMA personnel have already taken kerosene to a couple of homes without power but with kerosene-fueled heaters.

ORIGINAL:

As of shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, the City of Logansport was declared in a state of emergency, according to Cass highway superintendent Jeff Smith.

Smith was awaiting word from county commissioners on whether the county as a whole would also be put under a state of emergency.

The declaration came after the area got deluged with snow throughout Sunday. Cass and several surrounding counties were issued a blizzard warning as of 7 p.m. Sunday, in effect through 7 a.m. Monday, according to a statement from the National Weather Service.

All counties surrounding Cass were under travel warnings as of shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday. At that time, Cass was under a travel watch, meaning only essential travel should be undertaken.

A wind chill warning remained in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday, the NWS stated.