News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 5, 2014

ARCTIC BLAST 2014: Indianapolis mayor urges people to stay inside

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis mayor is urging people to stay inside and asking businesses and schools to remain closed Monday, saying temperatures could be deadly.

Mayor Greg Ballard said at a news conference Sunday that city-county offices will be closed on Monday and he urged businesses that had to open to wait until noon to do so. He says parks and Marion County Fairgrounds are opening buildings for shelter.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says police are only responding to emergency runs and weren't taking accident reports except in cases of serious injury or death. City officials say more than 7,000 people in the Indianapolis area are without power

Ballard says "this combination of snow and cold is unlike anything we've seen in a long time."