Indianapolis mayor wants another day of closures

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 10:09 am •  Published: January 6, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Indianapolis says he will be lifting the city's ban on non-emergency travel at noon Monday although he wants schools and businesses to remain closed another day until the worst of the severe cold passes.

Mayor Greg Ballard says people are being put into a dangerous situation if they are told by their employers that they must show up at work. He says while main streets are largely cleared from Sunday's snowfall, the wind chills near 40 below zero pose a deadly threat.

Indianapolis Power and Light Co. reports about 30,000 homes and businesses without electricity in the city. Utility officials say it could be Thursday before many of the outages are repaired.

Ballard says emergency crews have taken about 400 people who've lost power to shelters.