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Don’t call police for weather conditions; bring your cellphone

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Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center director Ed Reuter said if people need police, fire or medical services on an emergency basis, they should call 911.

If a car is stuck, the Bartholomew County Emergency 911 Center has a system that will allow first responders to track cell-phone numbers to get a rough idea of its location.

“But what we don’t want people to do is to call 911 centers for road and weather information,” Reuter said. “Websites maintained by the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Transportation can provide much of that information.”

For travelers, Reuter recommends the Indiana Counties Travel Advisories Map, maintained by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:


Travel information

Call 1-800-261-7623 for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, crashes and other traffic alerts.

State police tips

The Indiana State Police has issued these tips:

n Do not call city, county or state police to check on road conditions. Police agencies across the state want to keep phone lines open for emergency calls.

n If you must drive, a fully charged and functioning cell phone is your best friend.

n If involved in a crash and no one is injured and the involved vehicles are still drivable, move to a safe area to exchange names and vehicle and license plate information, along with driver’s license number and insurance agent name and phone numbers.

n Vehicles left abandoned along interstate and state road right-of-ways are subject to immediate removal during inclement weather events.

Rumpke routes

Residents on Rumpke of Indiana’s Tuesday collection routes will have their trash picked up next week instead. That goes for Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Jennings counties.

Weather permitting, customers who normally have service today or Friday will be on a one-day delay the remainder of this week. Customers in the affected area can call (800) 678-6753 or visit for updates.

Rumpke customers in all areas should expect a one-day delay due to Christmas and New Year’s Day.

City trash routes

Trash service in Columbus ran as usual Wednesday, despite the wintery weather.

Mayor Kristen Brown said the large trucks do well in the snow.

However, the collection crews are operating a day behind schedule because of the Christmas holiday. That means today’s route will be done Friday.

Local closings

Nearly 70 closings were posted on The Republic’s website Wednesday, although most businesses and governments indicated that they would reopen today. Check for updates on weather-related closings.

Compiled by Republic reporters Paul Minnis and Mark Webber.

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