Parts of I-65, I-80/94 closed in Indiana; state of emergency in parts of Lake County
BY SAM CHARLES Staff Reporter January 5, 2014 5:54PM
Residents shoveling snow in the 2700 block of Garfield Street in Highland, Ind., appear to be little more than shadows as the snow continues to fall Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2014. | Joe Puchek~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 5, 2014 8:16PM
Because of blizzard conditions, parts of Interstate 65 and Interstate 80/94 in Indiana were shut down Sunday evening. The Lake County Sheriff’s office and Indiana Department of Transportation also ordered a state of emergency for unincorporated areas of the county, authorities said.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 65 are closed between State Road 26 in Lafayette, Ind., and U.S. Route 30 in Merrillville, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office. Interstate 80/94 is closed in both directions between the Illinois state line and U.S. Route 421 in Michigan City, Ind.
“This action has been taken in the interest of public safety to preserve life and property,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “The Indiana State Police, with assistance from the Indiana National Guard, are assisting stranded motorists.”
Drivers and passengers who are forced to abandon their vehicles will be taken to shelter, the sheriff’s office added.
It was not immediately known when the State of Emergency would be lifted, but the sheriff’s office urged all residents of the county to adhere to the order.
According to the sheriff’s office, “only emergency vehicles, law enforcement, medical and highway department vehicles are to be on the roads.”