Furloughs, closures hit Ind. as shutdown begins

1K Ind. National Guard employees furloughed

INDIANAPOLIS - The partial federal government shutdown is sending hundreds of workers at north-central Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base and the state's national parks onto unpaid furlough.

Grissom spokesman Lt. Col. Gary Lockhard says about 600 full-time civilian employees and Air Force reservists were furloughed Tuesday after Congress failed to break a budget impasse. About 25 air traffic controllers and 50 base security staff will remain on duty.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is closed and 50 staffers are furloughed, but park deputy superintendent Garry Traynham says police and fire staff aren't affected.

The Hoosier National Forest has starting shuttering its campgrounds at the 200,000-acre southern Indiana forest, and 45 staffers are now furloughed.

Property spokeswoman Judi Perez says people will still be able to access the forest because it isn't fenced.

Approximately 1,000 civilian employees of the Indiana National Guard -- about half of the staff -- have been furloughed.

The 14,000 Guard members in Indiana have been told to not report for drills during the shutdown.

"If there is a flood or a tornado, or a state call-up, or even a federal call-up, we'll have to go back and address those issues as they come up," said Indiana National Guard Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree. "Under the different pay codes, we may be called up under state active duty. Or we may be called for something bigger than that that would require federal funding. So those details would have to be worked out as we are called up."

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