Blizzard blankets area, keeps motorist off the roads

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SOUTH MADISON COUNTY - All the wishing for a white Christmas almost came true as the blizzard of 2012 swept through Madison County on Wednesday, blanketing the streets with several inches of snow.

Preparing for the worst, the Lapel Police Department even “made arrangements with local facilities for emergency shelters” in case of prolonged power outages.

“While an emergency has not yet been declared, we also are encouraging people to stay home if at all possible and stay off the roadways,” a press release from the department said.

Pendleton Police Chief Marc Farrer said it appeared most people stayed indoors, as no major accidents were reported in the area.

“It looks like most people decided not to risk it,” Farrer said on Wednesday during his routine patrol. “The roads have been pretty empty.”

He said he saw few people braving the hazardous conditions in their vehicles, but that he also noticed children making the most of the snow on local sledding hills.

Daulton Alford and Bradly Rink were two such school children who ran to the hills when the snow started to fall.“I just didn’t want to be stuck inside,” Alford said. “Getting out into the snow sounded fun.”

Making the most of their holiday break, the two Pendleton Heights High School sophomores were carrying a small snow board to the hill at Falls Park.

“We thought we would we get out here before everyone else,” Rink said. "We’ve been having a good time.”


The Indiana Department of Homeland Security said that “much of Indiana is still dealing with the aftermath of a powerful winter storm that pushed through the state Wednesday.”

The department urges Hoosiers to drive safely and use caution.

“Many of the roads are still covered and hazardous,” a press release said.

The State of Indiana Emergency Operations Center has been operating with increased staffing since 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, and the Indiana Department of Transportation continues to plow interstates, U.S. highways and state routes with about 575 trucks.

Citizens are asked to carefully consider whether travel is necessary and should consult the Indiana Travel Advisory Map at
IDHS also recommends carrying blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items that may be helpful if people find themselves in trouble on the road.

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