INDIANAPOLIS, JAN 7 : Mayor Greg Ballard, Indy Parks Director John Williams and many other city departments are continuing their efforts to manage this winter blast and provide safety during this unprecedented time of extreme low temperatures
Due to widespread power outages and the dangerous temperatures, Indy Parks will again provide four warming sites to wait for transport to the Red Cross; Broad Ripple Park, Brookside Park, Garfield Park and Krannert Park family centers will remain open 24 hours – through tomorrow evening January 8, 2014, according to a press release issued today.
Those without power are encouraged to bring necessary items such as personal medications, snacks, water and other provisions in order to be comfortable. Indy Parks staff, along with the Dept. of Homeland Security will assist those who need any overnight arrangements to a properly provisioned shelter.
Schools, colleges/institutions are closed and life has virtually come to a stand still with temperature touching a record low of -17 °C. Warning has been issued not to venture out in these conditions, except in emergency or going to work. Efforts are being made to avoid road accidents as snow flakes have frozen and roads have been slippery.
One day before this weather, there was a big rush at Kroger, Meijer, W-mart and other stores for their daily purchases. Perishable items, like vegetables, fruits, milks, meat and bread were in great demands. Shelves for vegetables, fruits and bread were emptied by the evening. Today, most of these stores were back to normal.