INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis city government is shut down Tuesday and will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday because of the extreme cold.
In a brief news conference Monday, Mayor Greg Ballard said he made the decision as Indianapolis faces temperatures expected to dip to dip to about 15 below zero by Tuesday morning.
"We are very concerned about the cold tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night," Ballard said.
Essential personnel will be asked to report to work on Tuesday.
"We've been looking at the weather predictions in the future, and we believe that is the safe route to go," Ballard said.
The mayor urged everyone to check on their neighbors, with a focus on the elderly and disabled, and asked pet owners to check on their animals.
"This is very, very important, because we're getting down to the temperatures that could be deadly," Ballard said.
A travel watch is in place in Marion County, and there will be no trash pickup through Wednesday.
"People will be able to put out double the amount of trash the next week," Ballard said.
Marion County Superior and Circuit courts will also be closed Tuesday. IndyGo will run on a normal schedule.
Indy Parks will open warming centers in each quadrant of the city to keep residents safe Tuesday.
- North: Broad Ripple Park 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- West: Krannert Park 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- South: Garfield Park 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- East: Christian Park 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residents can call 211 to get more information about shelters.
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