State of Emergency declared in NW Indiana; parts of I-65, I-80/94 closed

Northwest Indiana is dealing with all sorts of problems.

Lake County, Indiana declared a State of Emergency with only emergency and law enforcement vehicles allowed on the roads.

The Indiana State Patrol shut down parts of I-65, I-80, and 94 because the blowing snow was so bad.

Mounds of snow are blocking ramp access to I-65.

EMERGENCY CLOSURES:

-          I-94, both eastbound and westbound, between the Illinois state line and the U.S. 421 exit (Michigan City)

-          I-65, both northbound and southbound, between U.S. 12/20 (Gary) and mile marker 172 (Lafayette)

-          State Road 16, between Monon and Royal Center

-          State Road 18, between State Road 29 and U.S. 31

-          State Road 218, between State Road 25 and State Road 29

-          State Rood 43, south of Chalmers

Shutdowns were ordered as a lot of drivers ended up going off the road and into ditches.

Some vehicles could be pushed out, while others had to be towed.

Problems continue off the highways where more drivers are getting stuck on roads that had not been plowed, or plowed enough.

 Governor Mike Pence has authorized all state government offices to remain closed on Monday. Essential personnel will report to work to ensure public safety and critical services are available.

“We want to ensure that our employees are safe and that Hoosiers have access to critical public services,” said Governor Pence said in a statement. “I am limiting the number of employees who must report to work on Monday to help keep people off the roads and out of the extreme cold, even while we make sure that Hoosiers have access to necessary government services.”

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