Cul-de-sacs, power usage pose issues in Hamilton County

Duke Energy urges dialing down of thermostats

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Hamilton County leaders said they were handling challenges on Tuesday from the winter storm, including power consumption and plowing of small cul de sacs.

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear told an afternoon briefing that his city has more than 500 cul de sacs, which continue to pose challenges for snow plowing crews.

The town manager of Fishers said snow removal had progressed well for residents in his town, so he urged people to call in if they have not seen a plow on their street.

Countywide, Sheriff Mark Bowen said 90 percent of the county's roads had been cleared.

He said he was still urging travel only for work and emergencies, even though the official travel alert level has been relaxed since Monday.

Hamilton County's emergency management leader Tom Sivak said a Red Cross shelter has been set up at the county fairgrounds for people and their pets.

Only one person was staying at the shelter on Tuesday afternoon due to power being out in the person's home.

Duke Energy reported 380 homes or businesses without power in Hamilton County on Tuesday afternoon.

The utility's Mark LaBarr said most of those outages should be fixed by 11:30 Tuesday night.

He said that energy consumption is so high with homes that still have their power that it is stressing equipment and affecting how quickly outages can be repaired.

He said that Duke Energy is not formally asking people to scale back power usage, but he did suggest that people dial down thermostats in their homes.

Back on the cul de sacs of Noblesville, residents of the Sommerwood subdivision kept their power, but they expressed frustration at the snow plowing issues mentioned in today's briefing.

With more than a foot of crunchy snow on their dead end, one resident said, "This is ridiculous."

Another man, Chris Whalen, said at least one trip should have been possible for a snow plow by now.

He said the lack of plowing could impact people who are hoping to return to work on Wednesday.

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