By The Associated Press
Thirty years after a howling blizzard brought life to a standstill, Indiana residents are remembering the storm’s fury and how some cheated death while marooned in snowbound cars.
The blizzard began on Jan. 25, 1978, and continued for two more days, bringing the lowest non-hurricane-related barometric pressure ever measured in the United States — 28.28 inches — said Dave Tucek, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Indianapolis.
Eleven people died in Indiana from traffic accidents and the deadly cold that accompanied the heavy snowfall. High winds quickly whipped the snow into drifts the towered 10 to 20 feet high, leaving roads impassable and stranding motorists.
“In the case of the 1978 event, two fronts, two pressure centers, converged and the timing was just right,” said Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist.
During the blizzard crisis, Gov. Otis Bowen declared a snow emergency and more than 1,000 Indiana National Guard personnel were mobilized to help stranded travelers, snowbound workers and families whose homes had lost heat and electrical power during the crisis.
In Indianapolis, some people used the storm’s cover to loot stores.
But people also pulled together. At hotels, managers served food, and guests made their own beds. Car dealerships lent four-wheel drive vehicles to emergency workers.
A police office told The Indianapolis Star that the roughly 300 people stranded at Indianapolis International Airport were “one big happy family.”
In Bloomington, Indiana University officials closed the Bloomington campus for the first time ever.
Up to 40 inches of snow fell in some areas of northern Indiana, and South Bend’s 36 inches was the highest total reported for a Hoosier city.
Indianapolis got a single-day record of 15.5 inches on Jan. 26th which, combined with snow already on the ground before the storm arrived, made for a 20-inch snow cover.
Dean Kruse, the owner of car auction company Kruse International in Auburn, recalls being stuck in a rental car with three friends, all of them worried that they might freeze to death.
By The Associated Press
- Local News
CB Fabricating makes $2 million investment
A local business founded in 2006 has invested $2 million in new equipment and a building expansion.
County voting records sought in federal probe
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed absentee ballot information for Madison County's 2014 primary as part of an FBI investigation.
Supreme Court observers predict ‘wide open’ process of choosing next chief
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson surprised observers in June when he decided to step down after a brief tenure in the leadership post.
- Police seek suspects, witnesses in liquor store robbery Police are looking for suspects and clues in an armed robbery that happened at a liquor store Monday night.
- Roundabout bids higher than expected Bids for a planned facelift of the gateway into Anderson from Interstate 69 at Scatterfield Road came in considerably higher than the engineer’s estimate for the project.
- Portwood tells story of struggles in 'Never Too Late' Former TV personality Amber Portwood, who spent 17 months in prison, unveiled the cover of her forthcoming book, "Never Too Late," this week. The publication date is Aug. 26.
- Two-hour manhunt ends with arrest of molest suspect A man suspected of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl escaped custody and eluded police for about two hours Tuesday before officers tracked him down.
- Arrest Log: July 29 Arrests made by Madison County law enforcement on Sunday and Monday, based on Madison County Jail records.
- 50th reunion for Mount Olive Boy Scout Troop 433 Mount Olive Boy Scout Troop 433 of Marion is having a 50th Boy Scout anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Local Briefs: July 29
A compilation of news items of local and statewide interest as published in the Tuesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
- More Local News Headlines
- CB Fabricating makes $2 million investment