Bartholomew County Emergency Management

Bartholomew County Emergency Management Our Mission is to educate and prepare our community to protect lives and property in the event of a

01/11/2022

!!SCAM CALL ALERT!!
We have had numerous calls from members receiving scam calls today. The message is threatening immediate disconnect or a discount if you follow the prompts. Please hang up and do not give out any information to these calls, they are not from us. Stay alert!

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01/11/2022

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It's important to know the signs of frostbite & hypothermia to stay safe this winter:

❄️ Frostbite: Numb, gray-yellow or waxy skin.

❄️ Hypothermia: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion.

To learn more, visit: ready.gov/winter-weather

01/11/2022

Single-lane closures are scheduled Wednesday night (1/12) in the I-65 construction zone (MM 68 to MM 64) in Bartholomew County. Crews will be shifting southbound traffic into its final configuration for winter. More information is available here: https://lnks.gd/2/dXjpDX

Please use caution if you have to be out.
01/08/2022

Please use caution if you have to be out.

Heads Up…

We are getting reports of slick roads and crashes on roadways in the area due to the rain we received along with low temperatures.

Bridges and overpasses seem to be the biggest areas where we have seen issues so far.

Please slow down and expect slick conditions this evening.

322 PM EST Thu Jan 6 2022...BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING...The coldest air mass of the season so...
01/06/2022

322 PM EST Thu Jan 6 2022

...BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING...

The coldest air mass of the season so far will expand into central
Indiana tonight and Friday. Lows overnight will drop into the
single digits. Winds at 10 to 15 mph tonight will produce subzero
wind chills...with the possibility for wind chills as low as -12
to -10 degrees over northern portions of central Indiana.

322 PM EST Thu Jan 6 2022

...BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING...

The coldest air mass of the season so far will expand into central
Indiana tonight and Friday. Lows overnight will drop into the
single digits. Winds at 10 to 15 mph tonight will produce subzero
wind chills...with the possibility for wind chills as low as -12
to -10 degrees over northern portions of central Indiana.

01/06/2022

After a morning with temperatures in the low teens, not much improvement is expected with highs near 20. Flurries are possible across central Indiana with light snow across southern Indiana. Even colder weather arrives tonight with morning wind chills well below zero.

01/05/2022

Here's a quick refresher on winter driving ahead of tomorrow's expected snow. Please remember to SLOW DOWN and DON'T CROWD THE PLOW! ❄️🚗 #INDOTWinterOps

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01/05/2022

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Winter winds, snowfall, and ice can cause power outages. If you use a generator during winter outages, follow these #safetytips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning!

❄️ Never operate a generator in a basement or other enclosed area.
❄️ Use battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors.
❄️ If you feel sick, dizzy or weak, get fresh air right away.

01/05/2022
Photos from Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation's post
01/05/2022

Photos from Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation's post

01/05/2022

A Wind Advisory is in effect through 6 PM across central and north central Indiana. The strongest winds will occur during the late morning to early afternoon hours with frequent gusts to 35 mph and occasional gusts up to 45 mph. Strong winds will occur outside of the advisory area but should not be as frequent.

Slight change to expected snow but there is still a chance.  If we see any, looks like it may around an inch or less.  S...
01/05/2022

Slight change to expected snow but there is still a chance. If we see any, looks like it may around an inch or less. Still, use caution when traveling. The cold temperatures and any precipitation will allow for slick roadways.

Low temperatures in the single digits to teens tonight and tomorrow night will combine with breezy conditions to create periods of sub-zero wind chills. The coldest air will be Friday morning. Be prepared and dress in layers if heading outdoors!

Columbus Utilities will have Beam Rd. SB lane closed next to Captain D’s for main repair.
01/05/2022

Columbus Utilities will have Beam Rd. SB lane closed next to Captain D’s for main repair.

Columbus Utilities will have Beam Rd. SB lane closed next to Captain D’s for main repair.

I know we share this every year but it's a good refresher!
01/04/2022

I know we share this every year but it's a good refresher!

Winter will really arrive at the end of the week as very cold temperatures are expected. Make sure you are prepared to bundle up - wind chills Thursday night into Friday morning will be below zero. #INwx #WinterSafety

FINAL UPDATE (2 p.m.): All lanes of I-65 NB are now open.
01/04/2022

FINAL UPDATE (2 p.m.): All lanes of I-65 NB are now open.

*Road Closure I-65 Northbound-Johnson County*

A serious crash is being investigated on I-65 Northbound near the 87 mile marker, a couple miles south of Franklin, Indiana. I-65 Northbound is currently shut down at exit 80, near the Bartholomew/Johnson County Line.

Crash reconstructionists have been called.

Expect traffic delays if traveling northbound on I-65. Use US 31 as an alternate route.

01/04/2022
01/04/2022

Accumulating snow is likely for much of central Indiana on Thursday. Confidence in the exact snow amounts remains low, but the best chances for heavier amounts will be across southern Indiana.

City Utilities will have  19th St. Between Central and Keller  closed for repairs. We will advise when its back open.
01/04/2022

City Utilities will have 19th St. Between Central and Keller closed for repairs. We will advise when its back open.

City Utilities will have 19th St. Between Central and Keller closed for repairs. We will advise when its back open.

When letting off fireworks, please be mindful of the affects they have on people with PTSD as well as our furry friends.
12/29/2021

When letting off fireworks, please be mindful of the affects they have on people with PTSD as well as our furry friends.

Did you know the most common body parts injured in a 🎆fireworks accident are hands and fingers? About 44 percent of fireworks injuries were burns. Stay safe by ⛔️never placing any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

Be prepared for some heavy rainfall throughout the day Tuesday.  The map below is for overall projected rainfall totals ...
12/27/2021

Be prepared for some heavy rainfall throughout the day Tuesday. The map below is for overall projected rainfall totals from Sunday night through Wednesday night. Bartholomew County is currently split between 1.0 inches to 1.5 inches of rain and 1.5 inches and 2.00 inches. We continue to monitor and update with any significant changes. Minor lowland flooding in some areas is predicted.

Remember to be cautious when driving during heavy rainfall. Visibility can be diminished and pooling water on roadways can allow hydroplaning and slick conditions.

Be prepared for some heavy rainfall throughout the day Tuesday. The map below is for overall projected rainfall totals from Sunday night through Wednesday night. Bartholomew County is currently split between 1.0 inches to 1.5 inches of rain and 1.5 inches and 2.00 inches. We continue to monitor and update with any significant changes. Minor lowland flooding in some areas is predicted.

Remember to be cautious when driving during heavy rainfall. Visibility can be diminished and pooling water on roadways can allow hydroplaning and slick conditions.

Here is the latest information on donating to the victims of the tornado across Kentucky.
12/15/2021

Here is the latest information on donating to the victims of the tornado across Kentucky.

Here is the latest information on donating to the victims of the tornado across Kentucky.

I65 is back open!
12/15/2021

I65 is back open!

*CRASH WITH ROAD CLOSURE-BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY*

12/15/21 8:20 AM

I-65 Northbound is currently closed near the 66 mile marker in Bartholomew County. This is near Columbus, Indiana. An overturned commercial motor vehicle has all northbound lanes blocked. Minor injuries reported. Avoid the area.

Update- 10:45 AM: One lane is open at the scene. Traffic should start moving shortly.

400 W between 300 S and Deaver Rd. will be closed again today so REMC can complete the pole replacement work.  Emergency...
12/14/2021

400 W between 300 S and Deaver Rd. will be closed again today so REMC can complete the pole replacement work. Emergency vehicles will be able to get through the area.

REMC advised it will be re-opened at noon.

400 W between 300 S and Deaver Rd. will be closed again today so REMC can complete the pole replacement work. Emergency vehicles will be able to get through the area.

REMC advised it will be re-opened at noon.

We have to remember it really is December and we can and will be dealing with cold temperatures again soon.
12/13/2021

We have to remember it really is December and we can and will be dealing with cold temperatures again soon.

We have to remember it really is December and we can and will be dealing with cold temperatures again soon.

Road Closed:REMC will be replacing a pole  on 400 W between Deaver RD & 300 S.  Road should be open by 3:30 p.m. today.
12/13/2021

Road Closed:

REMC will be replacing a pole on 400 W between Deaver RD & 300 S. Road should be open by 3:30 p.m. today.

Road Closed:

REMC will be replacing a pole on 400 W between Deaver RD & 300 S. Road should be open by 3:30 p.m. today.

A little more perspective from Friday night/Saturday morning storms.  This image captures all the Warnings issued throug...
12/13/2021

A little more perspective from Friday night/Saturday morning storms. This image captures all the Warnings issued through Indiana.

A little more perspective from Friday night/Saturday morning storms. This image captures all the Warnings issued through Indiana.

12/13/2021
Timeline photos
12/13/2021

Timeline photos

If your white Christmas goes dark from a blackout, an electric generator can be a great resource. Like any gas-powered machine, these small engines produce carbon monoxide. To prevent CO poisoning, keep generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents. #PlugIntoSafety

Photos from Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast's post
12/12/2021

Photos from Indiana Department of Transportation: Southeast's post

Are you wanting to help last night's tornado victims?  Here's how you can help.  Remember, following established channel...
12/12/2021
Here’s how you can help tornado victims – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Are you wanting to help last night's tornado victims? Here's how you can help.

Remember, following established channels for assistance and donations helps local officials avoid the additional need to handle unsolicited donations.

Tens of thousands of Kentuckians remain without power and many are without shelter. As search and rescue efforts continue in impacted counties, here’s how you can help.

Severe Weather of December 10-11, 2021
12/12/2021
Severe Weather of December 10-11, 2021

Severe Weather of December 10-11, 2021

A strong area of low pressure brought some severe thunderstorms to central Indiana late on December 10 into the early morning hours of December 11. Damage was mainly confined to trees and power lines down, but some structures had damage as well. More significant severe weather took place across area...

I've added a few images that are not original to this post (in the comments) but it all shows just how lucky we were her...
12/12/2021

I've added a few images that are not original to this post (in the comments) but it all shows just how lucky we were here last night. These storms produced some pretty massive and horrific devastation along their paths.

The best we can do is plan and be prepared. Have multiple ways of receiving alerts, a shelter, and a family plan. The rest is to hope for the best, that we have done all that we can.

Our hearts go out to those impacted by these devastating tornadoes and to the responders, officials, and many volunteers we know will be working tirelessly over the coming days and months to recover.

Not official yet, but last night's deadly tornado may end up as the longest path in US history. It developed over NE Arkansas about 6 pm, and moved in an almost straight line into the Bootheel at around 8 pm, through Mayfield, Ky at about 9:30, and finally dissipated around midnight south of the Ohio River in central Kentucky. Coincidentally, the current record holder is the 1925 Tri-State storm which formed over SE Missouri and moved across Southern Illinois into Southern Indiana.

Update:
12/11/2021

Update:

We hope everyone is safe from the storms last night. Crews will be working all day on the outages. However, restoration times will be longer due to the amount of damage. We have trees and lines down that take longer to restore. Currently, we have about 160 out with 8 separate outages. Thank you for your patience.

Last Weather Update - 12/11/21 4:05 a.m.:- A few lingering storms remain in the southeast portion of the county.- A Torn...
12/11/2021

Last Weather Update - 12/11/21 4:05 a.m.:

- A few lingering storms remain in the southeast portion of the county.

- A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 5:00 a.m. for Bartholomew County.

- Approximately 344 power outages have been reported throughout the county between REMC and Duke Energy. Crews are currently working to restore power.

- No significant damage has been reported. Mainly trees down with one tree onto a house.

- Today’s high (Saturday) hit in the early morning hours (64 degrees at 2:00 a.m.) with temperatures falling sharply through the day to around 40 degrees. Winds will continue throughout the day with 20 to 30 mph winds expected and gusts up to 40 mph.

- Stay safe.

Last Weather Update - 12/11/21 4:05 a.m.:

- A few lingering storms remain in the southeast portion of the county.

- A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 5:00 a.m. for Bartholomew County.

- Approximately 344 power outages have been reported throughout the county between REMC and Duke Energy. Crews are currently working to restore power.

- No significant damage has been reported. Mainly trees down with one tree onto a house.

- Today’s high (Saturday) hit in the early morning hours (64 degrees at 2:00 a.m.) with temperatures falling sharply through the day to around 40 degrees. Winds will continue throughout the day with 20 to 30 mph winds expected and gusts up to 40 mph.

- Stay safe.

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Columbus, IN
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