Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signs emergency declaration after storm damage

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INDIANAPOLIS (July 14, 2015) – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed an emergency declaration Tuesday aimed at helping city workers clean up in the wake of severe weather this week.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Andy Lutz said, the city’s director of public works. “We’re seeing massive tree damage – either trees are fallen, limbs are fallen in and across street, right or ways, sidewalks things like that. So definitely issues with public safety.”

The declaration gives Department of Public Works crews the power to close roads. City workers can also go on private property to remove trees.

Emergency DPW Operations crews are addressing issues around the city related to debris and fallen limbs. Their list of locations is based on calls to the Mayor’s Action Center as well as inspections. Contractors will assist in dealing with storm-related clean up.

DPW haD closed Pennsylvania Ave from 22nd Street to Fall Creek Pkwy S to remove potentially dangerous trees and limbs. DPW is also looking at areas around Marion County that flood regularly, including:

  • 1200 block of E 91st, near Haverstick Creek
  • The intersection of 58th/Stonehill near the White River, Indy North levee
  • 600 block of W Troy near Hyland Creek
  • Cape Cod Circle near Howland Ditch

Residents who haven’t seen crews in their neighborhood by Tuesday night are asked to call the Mayor’s Action Center to report damage at (317) 327-4MAC.

“If we haven’t been there yet, we will be,” Lutz said. “We understand there’s issues. IPL’s fighting the power outages, so we’re trying to be as aggressive as we can. If you have not heard or seen a crew by this afternoon make sure you’ve called and reported it o the MAC. That’s where we’re tracking all these issues.”

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