Portage Streets and Sanitation

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Operating as usual

02/19/2021
Portage Fire Department

Portage Fire Department

Portage Firefighters with multiple mutual aid companies are currently working to extinguish an attached garage fire currently on Kara Ct.

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02/19/2021

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02/18/2021
Portage Indiana Government Page

Just a reminder of this weeks Sanitation schedule

⚠️ THIS ALERT IS NO LONGER ACTIVE OR HAS BEEN SUPERSEDED BY ANOTHER ALERT ⚠️

Good morning Portage Residents this is Mayor Sue Lynch.Due to the heavy amount of snow fall and the poor road conditions all city buildings will be closed today.Due to President's day & today's closings trash and recycling will be running two days behind. Our plows are running around the clock at this time, Please be patient as we have a lot of snow to move today and we are working hard to get to everyone. Thank you.

Monday routes ➡️ Wednesday
Tuesday routes ➡️ Thursday
Wednesday routes ➡️ Friday
Thursday routes ➡️ Saturday

Hear Audio Alert:https://hrpow.us/JrGfun5

02/17/2021

Fox 32 News reporting on NWI recent weather event

02/16/2021

Portage main roads

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON...* WHAT...Dangerous travel due to heavy snow and ve...
02/16/2021
Portage, IN Weather Advisories - Warnings & Watches | AccuWeather

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM CST THIS AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Dangerous travel due to heavy snow and very low visibility expected. Blowing snow is possible even after snow ends for outlying areas. Additional snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches. Highest amounts near the lake.

* WHERE...Lake and Porter Indiana.

* WHEN...Until 3 PM CST this afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Travel will be difficult. The worst conditions today are expected near the lake. Expect significant impacts to this morning's commute, along with highly variable conditions common in lake effect snow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1- 800-261-7623.

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See a list of all of the Official Weather Advisories, Warnings, and Severe Weather Alerts for Portage, IN.

02/16/2021
Region Weather

Region Weather

NW Indiana Winter Storm Coverage

02/15/2021
02/15/2021

Current weather and road conditions in portage

02/15/2021

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST /10 AMEST/ TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerous travel, heavy snow, and cold temperatures expected. Total snow accumulations through Tuesday morning of 6 to 10 inches. Locally higher amounts near the lake are likely. Wind chills as low as 20 degrees below zero are expected this morning.

* WHERE...Northwest Indiana and portions of eastern Illinois.

* WHEN...Until 9 AM CST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will become difficult later today and tonight. The worst conditions are expected from late this afternoon through Tuesday morning. The hazardous conditions will impact the commutes to and from work. Wind chills as low as 20 degrees below zero may lead to frostbite in as few as 30 minutes.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Updated information....WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ THISEVENING TO 9 AM CST /10 AM EST/ TUESD...
02/14/2021

Updated information.

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ THISEVENING TO 9 AM CST /10 AM EST/ TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerous travel and heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected.

* WHERE...Porter, Newton, Jasper and Benton Counties.

* WHEN...From 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ this evening to 9 AM CST /10 AM EST/ Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Travel will be very difficult. The hazardous conditions will impact the Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snow is expected Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1- 800-261-7623. &&

Wind Chill and Snow Advisory issued February 14 at 4:59AM EST until February 14 at 1:00PM EST by NWS ChicagoBenton; Jasp...
02/14/2021

Wind Chill and Snow Advisory issued February 14 at 4:59AM EST until February 14 at 1:00PM EST by NWS Chicago

Benton; Jasper; Newton; Porter

...DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS SUNDAY THROUGH MID-DAY MONDAY...

...SNOW SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...

Below zero temperatures combined with gusty winds will create dangerous wind chill conditions. There is a threat of frostbite to exposed skin. Another weather system will create snow Sunday afternoon to Monday overnight, creating possible travel hazards.

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST /1 PM EST/ TODAY...

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ THIS EVENING TO 3 AM CST /4 AM EST/ TUESDAY...

* WHAT...For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero.

* WHERE...Porter, Newton, Jasper and Benton Counties.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, from 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ this evening to 3 AM CST /4 AM EST/ Tuesday. For the Wind Chill Advisory, until noon CST /1 PM EST/ today.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions from snow. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as few as 10 minutes.

Slow down and use caution while traveling.
Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.
The latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1-800-261-7623.

02/13/2021

LAKE EFFECT SNOW: Region Weather Report

Good Saturday morning everyone! We’ve seen periods of light snow overnight across all of NWI, but thrown into the mix is that lake effect snow band we mentioned during our broadcast last night. This lake effect has produced some moderate to heavy snow (up to half a foot!) overnight in localized areas close to the lake.

We’ve seen some heavier snowfall rates in this lake effect and we expect it to continue throughout the day for northern portions of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties.

As of this morning, this band of snow is targeting areas close to the lake in Lake and Porter counties including Portage, Ogden Dunes, and Chesterton with reduced visibilities.

Snowfall amounts have not changed with an additional 1-2 in Newton and Jasper counties, a genera 2-4 for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties with higher amounts where this lake effect band persists today.

We’ve also seen some gusty winds with that lake effect band causing blowing and drifting snow—a much different scenario than the general light snow outside of that lake band.

02/13/2021

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches with locally higher totals along the Lake Michigan shore.

* WHERE...Porter County.

* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Saturday.

With our next snow event just around the corner, we would like to remind our residents of the City Ordinance.
02/12/2021

With our next snow event just around the corner, we would like to remind our residents of the City Ordinance.

Winter Weather AdvisoryStart 6:00 PM CST, Friday, February 12End 6:00 PM CST, Saturday, February 13Source: U.S. National...
02/12/2021
Portage, IN Weather Advisories - Warnings & Watches | AccuWeather

Winter Weather Advisory

Start 6:00 PM CST, Friday, February 12

End 6:00 PM CST, Saturday, February 13

Source: U.S. National Weather Service

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM CST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches with highest totals north.

* WHERE...Porter County.

* WHEN...From 6 PM this evening to 6 PM CST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions and low visibilities at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1- 800-261-7623.

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https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/portage/46368/weather-warnings/338134

See a list of all of the Official Weather Advisories, Warnings, and Severe Weather Alerts for Portage, IN.

Monday, February 15th, the City will be observing Presidents Day as a holiday.  All trash and recycling routes will be d...
02/08/2021

Monday, February 15th, the City will be observing Presidents Day as a holiday. All trash and recycling routes will be delayed by one service day.

02/08/2021

Winter Weather Advisory from MON 12:00 PM CST until MON 10:00 PM CST

Action Recommended
Execute a pre-planned activity identified in the instructions
Issued By

Chicago - IL, US, National Weather Service
Affected Area

Portions of northwest Indiana and north central and northeast Illinois

Description
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CST THIS EVENING...

WHAT...Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of one to three inches.

WHERE...Portions of northwest Indiana and north central and northeast Illinois. WHEN...Until 10 PM CST this evening.

IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions will impact the evening commute. ADDITIONAL

DETAILS...The cold temperatures will make road treatments less effective.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. In Indiana, the latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1-800-261-7623.

More Information
...Snow Will Impact the Afternoon Commute Near and North of I-80.

02/06/2021

...SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 06, WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST/1 AM EST/ TONIGHT... ...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT CST /1 AM EST/ TONIGHT TO NOON CST /1 PM EST/ SUNDAY...

* WHAT...For the Winter Weather Advisory, snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. For the Wind Chill Advisory, very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 30 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest Indiana and north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN...For the Winter Weather Advisory, from noon CST /1 PM EST/ today to midnight CST /1 AM EST/ tonight. For the Wind Chill Advisory, from midnight CST /1 AM EST/ tonight to noon CST /1 PM EST/ Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling. Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves.

Portage Indiana Government Page
02/04/2021

Portage Indiana Government Page

The snow has started to fall. Please remember to move your vehicles from the streets if the snow fall totals 2 inches or more.
This helps our street department crews more efficiently clean the roadways.
Thank you and stay safe.

02/04/2021
02/04/2021

Updated Doppler Radar

2021/02/04 @ 1:15pm

02/04/2021

Current Doppler Radar

02/03/2021

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THURSDAY TO NOON CST FRIDAY...

Affected Area
Portions of north central and northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana
Description

WHAT...Snow expected, possibly starting briefly as rain or freezing rain. Snow could become heavy Thursday afternoon into the early evening. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. Winds gusting as high as 40 mph.

WHERE...Portions of north central and northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.

WHEN...From 11 AM Thursday to noon CST Friday.

IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will likely impact the Thursday afternoon and evening commute. Pockets of blowing snow could continue to impact the Friday morning commute.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Sharply falling temperatures Thursday afternoon and evening could cause any lingering wet spots to freeze quickly.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

02/01/2021

Hello Portage

Updated information regarding our most recent storm event.

Many factors have prolonged the continuous work of this snowfall.
Approximately 10” of wet heavy snow fell in Northwest Indiana which started on Saturday at 6pm and ended about 12:30am today.

Crews will continue to work around the clock until all roadways are passable.

One of the major issues our crews are experiencing are vehicles parked on roadways. This situation requires the slowdown of equipment to carefully maneuver when curbing out subdivisions.

Many doors have been knocked on to alert residents of the city ordinance and have been given warnings of being towed.

Finally, the city has over 300 cul-de-sacs and dead ends. These are less traveled and have the lowest priority on snow clearing.

Currently the crews are working within some remaining subdivision clearing and cul-de-sacs in the final steps of the storm effort.

Our department thanks you in advance for your continued patience and support.

Be safe

01/31/2021

Thank you for your patience in this current storm situation with our crews. We are starting to enter the secondary arteries through the city subdivisions. It is still snowing with another 1-3” of Expected accumulation this afternoon.

Please remove vehicles from the road way so crews can curb out the street.

If you can avoid driving under these conditions please remain home until your street is cleared of snow.

Please do not put snow into the roadway.

Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation.

01/30/2021
Doppler radar

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM CST /4 PMEST/ THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy wet snow along with easterly winds gusting to 30 to 35 mph. The snow may begin as a brief period of a wintry mix this afternoon.Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches and locally higher possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest Indiana and north central and northeast Illinois, including the Chicago Metro area.

* WHEN...From 3 PM this afternoon to 6 PM CST Sunday, with the highest impacts this evening.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult due to very low visibilities and snow packed roads. Patchy blowing snow is possible this evening into Sunday morning. Power outages are also possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. In Indiana, the latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1-800-261-7623. Use plenty of extra caution when shoveling heavy snow. Stay hydrated and take frequent breaks. &&

Winter Storm Watch (HERE WE GO AGAIN!)Start 3:00 PM CST, Saturday, January 30End 12:00 PM CST, Sunday, January 31Source:...
01/29/2021
Portage, IN Weather Advisories - Warnings & Watches | AccuWeather

Winter Storm Watch (HERE WE GO AGAIN!)

Start 3:00 PM CST, Saturday, January 30

End 12:00 PM CST, Sunday, January 31

Source: U.S. National Weather Service

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

* WHAT...Heavy wet snow likely along with easterly winds gusting up to 30 mph. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches and locally higher possible.

* WHERE...Portions of northwest Indiana and central, east central, north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, with the most significant impacts late Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening when much of the snow is forecast to occur.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be dangerous due to the heavy wet snow and strong winds causing very low visibility and snow packed roads. Power outages possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.

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https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/portage/46368/weather-warnings/338134

See a list of all of the Official Weather Advisories, Warnings, and Severe Weather Alerts for Portage, IN.

01/25/2021

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO NOON CST TUESDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected, snow will likely be heavy at times for a period this evening. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE...In Indiana, Lake IN and Porter Counties. In Illinois, Eastern Will County.

* WHEN...From 4 PM Monday to noon CST Tuesday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The snow will likely mix with or change to freezing rain or freezing drizzle for a time this evening into the overnight.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

In Indiana, the latest road conditions for Indiana are available by calling 1-800-261-7623.

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https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/portage/46368/weather-warnings/338134

Portage Indiana Government Page
01/24/2021

Portage Indiana Government Page

Sunday Spotlight
Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone who works hard to provide services to the community. This week we look at what it takes to pick up trash and recycling throughout the city.

Last year, the city's sanitation department picked up 18,000 tons of trash, recycling and bulk material. That's 3,158 pounds per household annually or 61 pounds from the 11,400 residential stops made each week.
The city's sanitation department, headed by Street and Sanitation Department Superintendent Randy Reeder, completes the task in four days with 17 employees, including 11 designated drivers, five laborers and crew leader Dan Timmons. The crews utilize eight automated trucks for each day's pick-ups - four for trash and four for recycling.
Reeder said the department switched from five-day-a-week pick up to four days a week in 2013 when the city switched to full automation. The switch, he said, has allowed the crew to concentrate on other duties each Friday, including preventative maintenance on its equipment and being able to conduct roadside clean-ups. It's also saved the city on overtime, especially during a holiday week when crews had to work Saturdays to pick up trash and recycling under the old system.
Of the materials picked up, 19 percent is diverted from trash to recycling. That's about average for area municipalities. Prior to the implementation of the system, only 4 to 5 percent of the city's trash was diverted to recycling.
Recycling, said Reeder, has become more difficult as the worldwide market for recycled materials has changed. It's caused a crack down of sorts on what can be recycled.
Recycling is no longer a revenue maker for the city, as it once was, but, said Reeder it still saves the city money by offsetting landfill costs. Last year some 3,400 tons of waste was diverted to recycling. At a landfill dumping cost of just over $57 per ton, it saved the city approximately $194,000 in landfill costs. In 2020, landfill costs still topped $891,000.
"Trash is very expensive," said Reeder.
Recycling services are free to residents at this point, but Reeder said he sees the day when the city may have to charge for recycling services.
Because of the changes in what can and can't be recycled, his department began auditing green toters to make sure people are recycling the appropriate materials. Placing non-recyclables in the green toters "spoils" and entire truck of recyclable materials and drives up city costs. While the auditing was suspended this winter, Reeder said they will again begin auditing recycling for compliance in the spring.
The sanitation department has an ongoing educational process for residents on recycling, including sending a flyer to residents on what can and can't be recycled last fall. That flyer is attached to this post.
"It is very important to the continued success of the program that residents adhere to the recycling policy," said Reeder.
Once both commodities are picked up from residents, they are taken to the Republic Services transfer station in Lake Station and dumped in separate yards at the transfer station.
In addition to weekly trash and recycling pick up - which costs each household $19.25 per month - the department supports an amnesty day for residents each month. The amnesty day is a resident's first pick-up of each month. For a refresher on the department's amnesty day pick-ups, the bulk pick-up policy is also attached to this post.
Reeder said senior citizens, veterans and disabled residents may also seek discounts on the monthly trash fees.
The department adopted a new yard policy in 2020 (that policy is also attached here). The policy allows residents to bring grass bags, limbs, leaves, e waste and bulk items to the sanitation department headquarters on Hamstrom Road during regular business hours for disposal.
Reeder said he sees some possible changes to the trash and recycling routes come this summer due to the city's growth on the east side. Presently the Thursday route, which is on the east side of the city, is the busiest. Because of the residential growth, Reeder said his department will put together a plan this summer which could move some of the Thursday route to Tuesday pick-up.
Reeder also wants to remind residents of optimum toter placement on the curb to help make sanitation pick-ups as efficient as possible. The policy is also attached to this post.
Reeder said the department handles nearly 100 calls from residents each day. He suggests residents email the department at [email protected] as an alternative to calling.
More information on the department can also be found on its website at: portagein.gov/department/index.php?structureid=11

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2303 Hamstrom
Portage, IN
46368

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 15:00
Thursday 07:00 - 15:00
Friday 07:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(219) 762-4564

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So once again. And I have pics this time. I not only have dug myself out of the end of my driveway but id dig half of the street! Yesterday a plow comes by and sees what I did and he picked his blade up before plowing it all back into my driveway. Today I shovel half the street again! And as I am walking up my driveway here comes a plow. Puts his blade down as he gets to the corner and yep, plowed me right on in, Again. And I know he saw me with my shovel in my hand. And pushed it towards my mailbox! I just shoveled it as well so I can get my medications from the mail! Best thing the truck turns the corner in front of my place goes half a block and raise a his blade. COME ON PORTAGE! You can do better.
A very big THANK YOU to truck #336 on Timothy Ave at 2:40 he has done an excellent job. We are the last to get plowed and we know that so all neighbors clean around the mailboxes and street to get out to the main road.the wait was long but we were rewarded. Hope this the last big storm til next February.
Just for clarification, with garbage pick ups being two days behind. That means Thursday route is now on Saturday?
Thank you All !! Stay safe out there !!
Glenrose Ruth Glenwood Knee deep !!
Is trash pickup still on for today for Mondays canceled pick up?
Unfortunately this is the second winter system that has gone through Portage that the seniors who live on Home Run and the north side of Infield don't get there street plowed, even though the parts of Infield to the North, with no homes on it, have been plowed. Can this please be put on the plow list. They can barely get out of their subdivision. Thanks.
I would like to thank the Street department for not plowing my driveway not once since yesterday but 3 times!!!! And why?? Because your drivers are plowing everyone of my neighbors driveways. Even backed in a few to plow it. I am a 50 year old Army Veteran with a really bad back. And you got ne out here shoveling over and over. Why??? I will tell you. The last snow a plow hit one of my neighbors cars. Since then my driveway is getting over come by snow. THANKS! 6959 EISENHOWER AVE
When are we able to park back on the street? My husband already snow plowed our side of the street in front of our house.
Thanks for plowing one street in our entire neighborhood but can you come back and do the rest because cars are getting stuck in the mess your driver left.  The neighbors are snowblowing the street because your driver was lazy or doing a favor for somebody that he knew. 
We appreciate all your hard work and we know your drivers are probably exhausted but we were asked to remove our vehicles from streets so they can be plowed but the plows went up the middle of the street and back down the same strip. We live in a culdasac, it there any way our street can be plowed like a normal street? There is like 4 feet on each side of the street that can be plowed. It is Joann St north of Stone. Thank you for your help.
Thanks for getting my pine limbs!!! You guys rock!