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Last updated: Sun. Jan. 05, 2014 - 11:42 pm EDT

Fort Wayne, Allen County, New Haven: State of emergency, travel warning

Travel restricted to emergency workers until 6 p.m. Monday

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Fort Wayne, Allen County and New Haven have issued a state of emergency and a winter-weather travel warning in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.

In a statement, the governments said the warning means travel is restricted to emergency workers only, and others should not travel except in an emergency.

By staying off streets and roads, residents will allow crews to continue plowing to allow for necessary fire, police and ambulance services, the statement said.

It urged people to comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials in executing emergency operations plans and obey the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

In other storm-related developments:

  • Fort Wayne said its trucks continue to plow and salt on main arterial streets, and will do so as long as it keeps snowing. The National Weather Service's winter-storm warning goes through 1 a.m. Monday. A wind-chill warning for below-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills follows.
  • Fort Wayne has opened shelters at the Salvation Army, 2901 N. Clinton St., and at the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing, for people who need shelter.
  • Fort Wayne's 311 Call Center will open at 6 a.m. Monday to assist with questions and concerns from the public.
  • A water-main break has closed Calhoun Street between Pettit and Maplegrove avenues. Water service has been interrupted in the area, Fort Wayne said, and City Utilities crews are working on the break.
  • There will be no Monday collection of garbage and recycling in Fort Wayne. Republic Services/National Serv-All said collections would be delayed one day all week. The company asked that residents place trash and recycling carts out early and leave them out until work is completed.
  • Fort Wayne asked residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants to keep them visible and not allow them to get buried by piles of snow.
  • Fort Wayne's Parks & Recreation Department will open four warming stations beginning Monday for people who need a place to stay warm for a short period. Those stations are at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Jennings Center, 1330 McCulloch St., noon to 8 p.m.; Weisser Center, 802 Eckart St., noon to 8 p.m.; and Cooper Center, 2300 Clinton/Lafayette streets, noon to 8 p.m.

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