At 7:56 a.m. today
the temperature was -10 degrees in Chesterton, according to Intellicast;
with an overnight low of -12 at 5:23 a.m.
Windchills were in
the vicinity of -18 to -20.
Brisk, to be sure,
but not quite the December record low of -19 set in 1989. In any case, both
the Duneland Schools and Porter County government offices opened two hours
late this morning on account of the cold.
Warming centers in
Duneland are located at the Chesterton town hall, 726 Broadway; and the
Burns Harbor town hall, 1240 W. Boo Road.
expected to rise steadily, however, with a high today of 16; a high of 28 on
Tuesday; and thaw temperatures on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Northern Indiana Public Service Company reported a pair of outages early
this morning--both weather related--which affected fairly large swaths of
Duneland. Both occurred around 6:20 a.m. and were resolved shortly before 8
a.m., NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer said.
The first was
located along the U.S. Highway 20/I-94 corridor and affected portions of
Chesterton, Porter, and Portage, with 1,750 customers in the dark.
The second was
located along Ind. 49 and affected portions of the west side of Chesterton,
with 1,500 customers juiceless.
Early this morning,
the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District was expecting delays
of 10 to 15 minutes on multiple rush-hour trains “due to NIPSCO problems.”
Digging Out from
Town of Chesterton
roadways were mostly clear this morning, after Saturday’s overnight snow
dropped something like seven inches on Duneland, Street Commissioner John
Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune.
drivers, though, have a bone to pick with residents who’ve been shoveling or
blowing snow from their driveways and sidewalks back into previously plowed
streets, in violation of Town Code.
complaint was numerous people piling the snow back into the roadway after we
have plowed,” Schnadenberg said. “Water Tower Drive in Duneland Cove was to
the point where we had to send a plow back to plow a second time because of
snow being thrown in the roadway.”
mulling a solution to the problem, which may involve photographing evidence
of the code violation, then later sending a citation to the offending
In related news,
the 24-hour boil-advisory issued by Indiana American Water Company (IAWC)
around 3 p.m. Friday was duly lifted on Saturday, after test results
confirmed no contamination in the system.
was issued following the break of a 16-inch cast-iron water main in the area
of Ind. 149 and U.S. Highway 12 in Burns Harbor. “Approximately 850 Indiana
American Water customers in Northwest Indiana experienced low water pressure
for a short period of time on Friday,” IWAC spokesman Joe Loughmiller told
the Tribune. “Certain customers in Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage,
South Haven, and Porter were notified of the need (utilizing our CodeRED
emergency notification system to boil water for three minutes that would be
used for consumption as a precautionary measure.”
“Customers in the
affected area may have experienced cloudy or discolored water,” Loughmiller
added. “If so, we advised them to open several cold water faucets until
their water ran clear before using.”