The Herald Bulletin
---- — The sun looked inviting Monday morning. The snow glistened as the dawn broke.
Then we all looked around and saw mountains, literally 2-foot to 3-foot high hills, of heavy snow. Drifting snow had covered streets, even some that had been plowed. Tree branches had cracked and fallen.
Next, we heard that rain is expected this weekend; flooding is in the forecast.
At least we had a few moments to enjoy the sun.
Monday’s temperature, hitting -13 degrees, was the coldest since Jan. 16, 1994. And Indianapolis officially recorded 11.4 inches of snow Sunday, the second largest snowfall on record.
Thankfully local residents were prepared for this storm. They endured long checkout lines to buy food and necessary items – though some of it, of course, was to view the Colts win. But shopping carts were packed – some two days before the brunt of the storm hit.
Residents were ready.
Locally, there should be few complaints considering the amount of snow that fell.
City streets and county roads on Monday morning were in the best shape anyone could expect. Utility crews were out all day and night repairing downed lines and blown transformers.
The Madison County Emergency Management website has been active, listing business and school closings as well as roads to avoid. Find it at http://www.madisoncounty.in.gov/EMA/mcema/Social_Connections.html
Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith announced, as early as Friday, a list of public sites available as centers where residents could go to keep warm. The list was posted at www.heraldbulletin.com. In Elwood, Mayor Ron Arnold announced a state of emergency by 6 p.m. on Sunday.
A number of agencies have taken important leads in helping residents prepare for this snowstorm.
Until the next wintry hit of more snow and likely rain, it’s up to each of us to keep safe and warm inside homes.
If you’ve got to warm the house, don’t use an oven, stove or anything with any accelerants. Turn the space heater off when you leave a room and keep pets away from them.
Check on your relatives and neighbors. Call them, even making up a reason, to be sure they’re OK.
You can find more tips under the “Get Prepared” section of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website at www.in.gov/dhs.
Don’t worry, we’ll all be able to get out in that sun, sometime.
So far, the residents of Madison County can briefly take the blankets off and pat themselves on the back for a good job of preparation.
In summary Madison County residents heeded the harsh winter warnings and most local officials are keeping us informed.