Lawrence opens shelter after power loss hits 1.8k

Transportation assistance available

INDIANAPOLIS - Lawrence officials have opened an emergency shelter after nearly 2,000 residents lost power due to heavy snows.

Saying that number is expected to rise as snow continues to fall, officials announced the Lawrence Township School Administration Building, located at 6501 N. Sunnyside Road, would open as an emergency shelter.

Indianapolis Power & Light said it may not be able to send crews to fix Lawrence's power outages for days. The utility was reporting more than 30,000 customers without power in the Indianapolis area.

In the meantime, Indiana is expected to see some of the coldest temperatures in decades, with wind chills bringing temps down to as low as -30 degrees.

Residents seeking shelter are advised to bring food, water, pillows and blankets. The shelter has a generator, but is not equipped with a kitchen.

The Indiana National Guard along with emergency workers are available to provide transportation to the shelter for those in need. Transportation aid may be obtained by calling either 317-501-9708 or 317-258-6294.

Those that need help in metro Indy may call the Mayors Action Center at 317-327-4622 or the Emergency Operations Center at 317-487-6329. 

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