PORTER COUNTY | Some Porter County roads remained closed Tuesday as highway crews battled both the weather and abandoned cars along county roads and highways.
Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower said cars still sat empty along Ind. 8 near County Road 400 East and some areas west of Kouts were open but only enough for one car to get through.
LaFlower said Salt Creek Commons in Union Township and County Road 700 North in Portage Township were still trouble areas.
County police will begin to enforce county ordinances that require car owners to move their vehicles off roads when there are 2 inches of fresh snow to allow plows to clear the streets.
Cars that block plows will be ticketed and towed. Owners could face a $50 fine, LaFlower said.
Cars that were abandoned during the weekend storm are being towed to various lots across the county. Drivers can call the sheriff's police records department to find out where their car was taken.
Valparaiso police also issued a reminder to city residents that it will enforce the city ordinance that requires vehicles to be removed from city streets until both sides of the street have been plowed from curb to curb. Vehicles in the way of snowplows will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense.
In Portage, city officials have lifted the state of emergency, but have canceled trash and recycling pick up for Monday's and Tuesday's routes due to the frigid weather.
"We have determined that it is unsafe to have our sanitation and other outdoor personnel out in the elements today. Therefore, we have canceled Monday's and Tuesday's regular garbage and recycling routes. Wednesday and Thursday routes will be picked up as scheduled," according to a press release issued by the city Tuesday morning.
"Bulk items will be picked up next week at no charge and we will certainly understand if residents have extra trash next week if you were missed this week," read the statement.
The Valparaiso Department of Public Works also is postponing trash and recycling services — for a second time, due to subzero conditions. The new delay means that Monday's trash will be picked up on Wednesday, Tuesday’s on Thursday, Wednesday's on Friday and Thursday's on Saturday. The regular schedule will resume Monday.
"We sent the trucks out this morning to begin their routes, but found that the trucks are not functioning properly in these extreme temperatures,” said Matt Evans, public works director, in a news release.
Officials at all seven public school districts in Porter County announced Tuesday that schools would be closed Wednesday. Michigan City schools also will be closed.