Phone Numbers
Emergencies Only: 911
American Red Cross: 379-9551
Bartholomew County Sheriff: 379-1650
Emergency Management: 379-1680
Columbus Police Department: 376-2600
Indiana State Police: 800-566-6704
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Real-time Updates

The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.


Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.


The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:

  1. refrain from all travel;
  2. comply with necessary emergency measures;
  3. cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
  4. obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

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Weather Assessment for Thursday
Severe Weather Possible Today

The Storm Prediction Center has placed extreme southeast Indiana in an Enhanced Risk, and southwest to east central Indiana in a Slight Risk of severe weather for the afternoon and evening hours today. The main hazards at this time will be damaging winds, large hail, and the possibility of tornadoes.

Scattered thunderstorms capable of damaging wind, hail, and tornadoes, is possible for areas in the Ohio Valley. The low pressure system that brought Wednesday’s severe threat, will shift towards the south during the day, along with a frontal boundary. Ongoing shower and thunderstorm activity in this region will shift towards the east/southeast through the morning hours. From these storms, a remnant outflow boundary will remain into the afternoon hours, which will likely interact with an unstable air mass featuring dew points in the 60s and 70s, and a west/northwest flow aloft. Showers and thunderstorms should redevelop during the afternoon to evening time frame.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How many drivers do we have on the streets during a snow storm?
The City Garage has 20 drivers.
How long does it take to clear all of the streets?
During a 2"-4" snow, all streets are usually passable within 24 hours.
Who determines the order of snow removal?
We adhere to our Snow Removal Plan so that all streets are passable as soon as possible.
How can residents obtain treatment, medication, or get to their scheduled appointments?
Anyone with an emergency should call 911. Those with non-emergencies should call 379-1689.
Why does downtown get so much attention?
All main arterials lead to downtown, and Washington Street is a main thoroughfare.
How will I know when the Snow Emergency has been lifted?
All weather-related information will be broadcast via local radio stations.
Who do I call to report property damage from the snow plows?
The Columbus City Garage at 376-2508.
Will my trash be picked up during a Snow Emergency?
Yes, unless otherwise announced via local radio stations.

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