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629 AM CDT WED JUN 26 2013 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTHERN LA PORTE COUNTY IN NORTHWEST INDIANA * UNTIL 1230 PM CDT/130 PM EDT WEDNESDAY/ * AT 625 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WARNED AREA. RADAR ESTIMATES OVER THE WARNED AREA SO FAR THIS MORNING HAVE GENERALLY RANGED BETWEEN 3 AND 5 INCHES...WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE THROUGH MID MORNING. * LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO SPRINGVILLE...HESSTON...TRAIL CREEK...POTTAWATTOMIE PARK...MICHIGAN CITY AND LONG BEACH
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in Northwest Indiana through this evening.
National Weather Service Severe Weather Summary Page: http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/lot
We are getting several reports of high water in northwest Indiana... including US 20... also along Interstate 94 east of the Burns Harbor exit, construction area, down to two lanes, one caller says water's about a foot deep on the interstate in Portage, Burns Harbor area
These photos are of a Valparaiso strip mall damaged by fire. The mall is on North Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, north of the five-points intersection. No word at this hour on what may have caused the fire.
Fire broke out at a strip mall on North Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, damaging multiple businesses, including more than one restaurant. We are gathering information this morning and will pass it along as it becomes available.
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Before the Storm
- Stay alert and listen carefully for the first signs of lightning or thunder. Remember, “If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors™.”
- Seek shelter. Lightning often hits before the rain begins, so don’t wait for the rain to start before leaving.
- Avoid water, high ground and open spaces.
- Stay away from metal objects including wires, fences and motors.
- Find shelter in a sizable building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle like a car or truck. Completely close the windows and don’t lean on the doors.
- Don’t get under a small canopy, small picnic shelter or near trees.
- If you cannot take shelter indoors, crouch down with your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from the thunder.
- Stay at least 15 feet away from other people.
- Avoid water and stay away from doors and windows.
- Do not use landline telephone or headsets. Cell phones are safe.
- Turn off, unplug and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools and televisions sets as lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines inducing shocks to equipment inside.
- Don’t resume activities until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunderclap.
- Call 911 immediately if anyone is injured and use first aid procedures.
- Lightning victims do not carry an electrical charge, so it is safe to administer medical treatment.
For more information on protecting your home and family from dangerous lightning strikes, visit www.flash.org. For severe weather alerts and mitigation tips, download FLASH Weather Alerts at www.flashweatheralerts.org
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement that he will bypass Congress and issue a series of executive actions to enact a national energy tax and close existing coal-fired power plants:
“Once again President Obama is circumventing Congress and the will of the American people to implement policies that have already been rejected. Imposing a backdoor energy tax and unrealistic regulations on coal power plants is a recipe for disaster in Indiana and across the country. Instead of encouraging job creation and an economic recovery, President Obama is empowering unelected Washington bureaucrats to implement regulations that will result in significant job losses and skyrocketing energy costs.
“Our country has taken great strides to improve air quality over the years. To date, the utility industry has spent over $100 billion in capital investment for air pollution controls resulting in significant declines in emissions. By singling out these providers and effectively prohibiting coal-fired electricity generation, the president is putting our economic well-being, grid reliability and American jobs at risk. This unreasonable plan will damage Indiana’s economy and hike electric bills for all Hoosiers.”
On June 13, Coats joined a bipartisan group of the Indiana congressional delegation in a letter to President Obama highlighting the importance of coal-fired generation to Indiana and urging the administration to abandon a proposal of imposing a one-size-fits-all carbon regulation on power plants.
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- Fireworks may be used only on the user’s property or on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks.
- Fireworks are not permitted on public property or in areas where fireworks will land on, litter or end up on public property or private property (unless the property owner has consented).
- To prevent fireworks and their debris from polluting waterways, all fireworks litter must be extinguished, retrieved, and disposed of in the trash by those using the fireworks.
- Fireworks are permitted only between the hours of 5 pm and midnight on July 4th. On all other days of the year, fireworks are permitted between the hours of 5 pm and two hours after sunset, with the exception also of Dec. 31, where fireworks are permitted from 5 pm to 1 am on Jan. 1. All other guidelines apply.
- Fireworks may be purchased only by persons 18 years of age and older and children may possess or use fireworks only with an adult present.
Further, Valparaiso’s Fireworks ordinance states that those using fireworks must comply with the guidelines above or risk penalties for violation. Those using fireworks are liable for damage to person or property caused by the use of consumer fireworks, special fireworks or banned fireworks, and shall also be liable for costs of fire service by a responding fire department or other emergency services necessitated by the use or discharge of fireworks.
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INDIANAPOLIS - Today, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, which takes the unprecedented step of calling for carbon dioxide emission standards for both new and existing power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency has already begun the rulemaking process for regulating carbon dioxide emissions at new power plants. Governor Pence recently wrote President Obama in opposition to the EPA’s rulemaking. The President’s announcement today to extend the carbon dioxide regulations to existing power plants will raise electricity costs for Hoosiers.
“The President’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations will have a significant and detrimental impact on states like Indiana that rely on coal for reliable, affordable electricity,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence. “These regulations will increase the cost of electricity on Hoosier families and businesses at a time when our economy can least afford it. Instead of driving up the cost of energy, the President should be focused on creating jobs.”
Governor Pence adds, “We need an all of the above energy strategy that uses coal, wind, solar, nuclear and natural gas to meet our energy needs. These proposed regulations are inconsistent with an all of the above strategy.”
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June 25, 2013 -- In collaboration with the City of Gary and NIPSCO, the Gary Community School Corporation is providing additional cooling centers to support Gary families who have been affected by power outages. There will be cold water available at each site.
“In times of emergency, it is wonderful that we are able to come together quickly and forge partnerships to meet the needs of our citizens,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “I would like to publicly thank Superintendent Pruitt and the Gary Community School Corporation as well as NIPSCO for helping us to secure these cooling centers.”
The following locations have been designated as community Cooling Centers:
Genesis Convention Center, 5th Ave. & Broadway
This cooling center will be open today, June 25th from 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. and will reopen tomorrow June 26th from 9:00am -- 5:00p.m.
Williams Elementary School, 1320 E. 19th Ave.
This cooling center will be open today, June 25th from 2:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. and will reopen tomorrow June 26th from 8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
McCullough Girls Academy, 3757 W. 21st Ave
This cooling center will be open today from 2:00p.m.-7:00p.m. and will reopen tomorrow June 26th from 8:00a.m. -- 7:00p.m.
Gary residents who need to report fallen trees and other storm emergencies are encouraged to call (219) 881-1311. More information regarding the City of Gary 311 System is listed in the attachment.
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Police in Griffith are asking for the public's help after an armed robbery Monday evening. Authorities report a white male in his 40's wearing a blue hoodie pulled all the way up around his face, dark glasses, a blue and white striped shirt, and blue jeans, displayed a gun and demanded controlled substances at the Walgreens in the 12-hundred block of East Ridge Road at approximately 7:35pm. Police say the subject departed south on Colfax in an older model white Chevrolet Cavalier, with the license plate covered by a plastic bag. Anyone with information can contact the Griffith Police Department at (219) 924-3141 or their anonymous tip line at (219) 922-3085.
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(Photo Courtesy of Katie Reeves)
NIPSCO field personnel and contracted crews from several Midwest states continue working around the clock to restore power to their customers. Over 25-thousand remain without electricity at last check, according to their outage map, with the highest totals coming out of the Marquette Park area of Gary. Reported storm damage included numerous downed trees and limbs and near 80 mile per hour winds that caused down power lines, blocked roadways, and knocked out traffic signals. ...
- Valparaiso University (219) 464-5000
Christohper Center Library, 1410 Chapel Dr., open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Valparaiso YMCA, (219) 462-4185
- Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso Branch (219) 462-0524
- Vale Park Enrichment Center at Banta (219) 462-1301
- St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (219) 464-4042
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INDOT says the new Cline Avenue Bridge will have all-electronic toll collection when it opens to traffic using two basic payment programs: Transponders that are already used for regional toll systems like the Indiana Toll Road, and for drivers without transponders, a “pay by plate” option where the license plate is recognized and a bill is sent in the mail.
“United Bridge Partners is excited to be a part of the East Chicago community,” said Bob Hellman, Chairman of United Bridge Partners and CEO of American Infrastructure MLP Funds. “We look forward to providing a remarkable new modern bridge that is a solution to traffic congestion and will lead to a growth in jobs and opportunity for people and businesses throughout the region.”
Cline Avenue Bridge LLC is currently performing land surveys, design and traffic studies. Permit application materials are also being prepared and assembled for regulatory agencies. Once permitting is completed, bridge construction is anticipated to last 24 to 30 months.
- Deputy Wounded, K9 Killed in Standoff
- Signals Out Across the Region
- Michael Jackson's Death 4 Years Ago
- Storms Knock Out Power to 82,000
- Severe Storms with High Winds Move Through Region
- Indiana Continues to Struggle with High Child Poverty Rates
- Man Killed in Co-Op Explosion ID'd, Along with Possible Cause
- Triple Homicide in Gary: Update
- Union Mills Co-Op Explosion: Update
- One Dead After Explosion at Co-op in Union Mills
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