With forecasts calling for a steep drop in temperature Thursday afternoon, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) will activate Snow Force crews at 11 a.m. to treat thoroughfares and secondary streets against icy conditions after a rainy morning. Indy DPW anticipates that crews will work at least two 12-hour shifts, remaining on the roads overnight Thursday and into Friday morning.
High winds are expected to continue Thursday, with the additional possibility of freezing rain and sleet. Indy Snow Force drivers will be strategic in dropping de-icing “salt” material so that it will be effective on roadways but not washed away with any heavy rain showers.
Report Downed Tree Limbs and Traffic Signal Issues
Stormwater, forestry, and traffic signal crews will also be available to address issues related to gusty winds and high water on roadways. If a roadway is impassable due to high water or a downed tree limb, or if a traffic signal is malfunctioning, residents should contact the Mayor’s Action at 317-327-4622. Calls to the Mayor’s Action Center after normal business hours can be directed to DPW Dispatch by selecting option ‘2’.
Watch for Flooding
With the presence of so much recent precipitation, Indy residents can help reduce the potential for flooding by proactively checking storm drains, inlets, driveway culverts, and cross-pipes to remove yard debris, trash, and other obstructions. Indy DPW will additionally monitor river gauges and communicate with news outlets if area waterways are expected to enter minor or major flooding stages. Residents particularly in low-lying areas are advised to regularly check news outlets for the latest updates.
Beware of Icy Roads and Overpasses
Motorists are urged to drive with care during wintry conditions, especially on bridge overpasses or locations known to get slippery. Remember to leave plenty of time to safely reach your destination, allow plenty of clearance near other vehicles, and keep at least three car lengths between your vehicle and Snow Force trucks.
Follow @IndySnowForce on Twitter for regular updates on snow fight activity during winter weather events. The Indy Snow Force Viewer is a tool for Indy residents to monitor where trucks have been during a major winter weather event, showing where roads have been plowed or treated with salt.