Many areas still under disaster emergency - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Many areas still under disaster emergency

Posted:

The weather is downright dangerous.

Windchills at 30 below zero mean it doesn't take long to suffer from hypothermia or frostbite, if you're not dressed appropriately.

It's part of the reason why many places are still under a disaster emergency.

"It's entirely possible that someone can be exposed for a brief period of time and suffer frostbite," says Emergency Room doctor at Elkhart General Hospital, David VanRyn.

Dr. VanRyn encourages anyone who has to be out to dress in layers, cover your skin, and stay dry.

Frostbite isn't his only concern in these sub-zero temps: "People are outdoors and become confused, that's one of the early signs of hypothermia," says VanRyn.
 
First responders with Clay Fire Territory say, luckily they haven't come across any frostbite or hypothermia emergencies, but battalion chief Chris Schmitt says folks should be prepared for the worst.

"Always have a kit with you. Some extra clothes, hat and stuff like that. Have extra gloves in your car, if you were to get stuck," says Schmitt.
 
It's situations like that many cities and counties in Michiana are trying to avoid.

South Bend and St. Joseph County have extended a disaster emergency until noon on Tuesday.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department says, bottom line--only drive if it's an emergency.

"If you go out and you cause a problem by getting stuck, or you cause an accident, you could face a citation and hefty fine for that," says Lieutenant Matt Blank with the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department.

That could be up to $2,500 for a first offense, depending on what a judge decides.

You can also find yourself in trouble for driving too fast for conditions or causing problems for workers trying to clear the roads.

"Just take it for what it is, and if you can, enjoy the day off and stay indoors, and stay out of the nasty weather," says Blank.

St. Joseph County has ticketed some drivers for being out when they're not supposed to.

Lieutenant Blank says  they understand you many need to get to and from work, so that's ok.

The same is true in Elkhart County. The snow emergency has been downgraded so folks can drive to work.

In LaGrange County, officers have started pulling over and ticketing drivers who aren't supposed to be out because they've encountered too many dangerous situations.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Notre Dame gets verbal commit #7

    Notre Dame gets verbal commit #7

    The Notre Dame football team got verbal commitment #7 from Cary-Grove, IL recruit Trevor Ruhland. According to Irish Sports Daily, he tips the scale at 270 and stands 6'4". He chose the Irish over Duke, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue. Ruhland is considered a 3-Star recruit by many services.More >>
    The Notre Dame football team got verbal commitment #7 from Cary-Grove, IL recruit Trevor Ruhland. According to Irish Sports Daily, he tips the scale at 270 and stands 6'4". He chose the Irish over Duke, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue. Ruhland is considered a 3-Star recruit by many services.More >>
  • Restaurant fire in Granger

    Restaurant fire in Granger

    Crews are on the scene of a fire at a restaurant on the 12000 block of Indiana 23 in Granger.  Our crew on the scene says the fire is out and firefighters are checking neighboring buildings for signs of damage.  The fire broke out at the Copper Creek Cafe around 10:05am.  The fire burst through the roof of the building.More >>
    Crews are on the scene of a fire at a restaurant on the 12000 block of Indiana 23 in Granger.  Our crew on the scene says the fire is out and firefighters are checking neighboring buildings for signs of damage.  The fire broke out at the Copper Creek Cafe around 10:05am.  The fire burst through the roof of the building.More >>
  • FOX28 News Alert

    Zimmer to purchase Biomet in $13.35 billion deal

    Zimmer to purchase Biomet in $13.35 billion deal

    Zimmer is buying Biomet in a $13.35 billion deal that will merge the two Warsaw-based medical device firms. The deal is not expected to be closed until early 2015 but Zimmer is already projecting that it will save them $270 million annually by the third year after the merger is completed, and saw their stock price raise over 9% in premarket trading this morning.More >>
    Zimmer is buying Biomet in a $13.35 billion deal that will merge the two Warsaw-based medical device firms. The deal is not expected to be closed until early 2015 but Zimmer is already projecting that it will save them $270 million annually by the third year after the merger is completed, and saw their stock price raise over 9% in premarket trading this morning.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.