When the temperature is 32 degrees or below, warming centers are available for residents to protect themselves and their families. Today, The City announced the re-opening of Ambridge-Mann Community Center as an additional overnight option for Gary residents.
If transportation is needed, residents are invited to board any City of Gary of GPTC bus or van using the “Code 32.” The bus or van operator will make every effort to stop as close to a warming center location as possible.
Any residents experiencing an emergency should call 9-1-1. To access City Services, residents can call (219) 881-1311 or visit gary.gov to download the mobile app.
DIVISION OF PUBLIC WORKS – GENERAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WINTER PLAN
During the winter season, our mandate is to keep City of Gary streets safe and passable as soon & as safely as possible.
The City of Gary has in its jurisdiction approximately:
The Division of Public Works, led by the General Services Department, prepares year round to handle winter weather that affects the entire City. City vehicles/crews run 24/7 if needed to meet the needs of the Community. During the winter months we monitor weather conditions closely and before the onset of snow and ice, our team is prepared to minimize the impact of inclement winter weather.
The General Services Department coordinates the long-range plan for snow removal. The rate and accumulation of snowfall, moisture content, presence of sleet and freezing rain, temperature change during and after the storm, time of day or night, storm duration, and intervals between storms—all interact to make each weather event unique. Accordingly, the General Services Superintendent and Foreman have the responsibility and authority to develop and implement plans specific to real-time conditions. They know the availability of staff on a 24/7 basis during the winter season. They know the readiness of snow and ice removal vehicles & equipment, and consult with the Vehicle Maintenance Department on repairs and purchases. They advise Public Works on staffing needs and salt supply.
Crews start with primary routes and proceed through all of the secondary routes. When these streets are plowed one time, the crews return, by priority,, to the streets that need to be “re-plowed”. Removal efforts will continue until safety hazards caused by snow and ice have been eliminated.
The amount of snow and/or ice and the duration of the storm affects the time it takes to complete the work on each street. Therefore, a specific completion time cannot be given.