Zionsville Times Sentinel

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January 8, 2014

Snow and cold grip county

Staff reportSub-zero temperatures that drove most of Boone County’s residents into their homes – or, for the unlucky, shelters – should moderate this week as temperatures are predicted to rise well above freezing this weekend.

Zionsville Street Superintendent Lance Lantz said he isn’t concerned about flooding because the snow will melt gradually.“It’s very unlikely any drains are frozen,” Lantz said. “Everything should function properly once the temperatures rise.”The weekend storm buried the county under 14 inches of snow (as measured in Lebanon), the second-highest amount in Indiana, and just 1.1 inches less than the historic and crippling Blizzard of 1978.A Level III snow emergency was extended through at least noon Tuesday by the Boone County Commissioners. The warning means civilians may travel only for emergency reasons.

All three school systems were closed Monday and Tuesday, as were county and municipal offices.

As the temperatures begin to plummet and travel was most treacherous Sunday, Jan. 5, as law enforcement and emergency workers in Boone County responded to numerous calls, including a tree smashing into a Zionsville home, and a woman in labor in Lebanon.

At 9:45 p.m., Zionsville Fire Department was sent to the 4400 block of Thicket Trace in Zionsville and a tree fell on a house, shattering the front window. No injuries were reported.

Then, just after 10 p.m., Whitestown Utilities blocked off Main Street after power lines fell into the street. Duke Energy responded to repair those lines. At 10:33 p.m. dispatch received a report of a vehicle that was buried with people inside in the 4400 block of East County Road 650 South in Whitestown.

At 11:10 p.m. Boone County EMS and Lebanon Fire Department was called to a home in the 200 block of West Lakeshore Drive where a woman who was 39 weeks pregnant was in labor with contractions 3 to 5 minutes apart. Witham Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Tammy Rabe confirmed Monday that mother and baby boy were doing well.

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