Weather prompting closure of Fort Wayne agencies, including food banks

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The sun shines on ice on Independence Drive on Jan. 29. Lisa Esquivel Long

FORT WAYNE — The National Weather Service has issued a warning, which continue until 2 p.m. Jan. 31. As a result, many Fort Wayne offices and services have been cancelled Jan. 30, including food banks.

The weather service predicted wind chill values as low as -45 degrees Jan. 30. The actual high temperature is expected to be -11 with a low of -24.

A Travel Watch has been issued due to the subzero temperatures. While road conditions are generally good, extreme cold weather makes roadside emergencies dangerous and are threatening to the safety of the public, the city said in a statement.

Government offices and services

City of Fort Wayne and Allen County offices closed Jan. 30 as were Allen County Circuit and Superior Courts and Adult Probation and all Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation facilities in the city.

Garbage and recycling collection for Fort Wayne residents will not occur on Jan. 31. Additionally, the landfill and recycling drop-off centers will remain closed for business. Wednesday’s collection will take place on Friday; Thursday collection will take place on Saturday; and Friday collection will take place on Monday. Collection next week will run one day behind.

Fort Wayne’s Social Security office, 2122 Lincolnway Court, closed Jan. 30-31 due to inclement weather. For forms, benefits information and more, go to www.ssa.gov.

The U.S. Postal Service will not have mail delivery Jan. 30.


Essential services in the city such as public safety (police and fire operations), water and wastewater treatment plants, public works functions, and the 311 Call Center will continue to operate as normal.


Organizations

Turnstone Center, 3320 N. Clinton St., including all programs and services, closed Jan. 30. Check Turnstone.org and Turnstone’s social media channels for further updates.

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana’s day programs and office are closed Jan. 30 and 31.

Food banks

Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry, 1312 S. Hanna St., closed Jan. 29 and 30.

All Community Harvest Farm Wagon trucks scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31 have been canceled. Farm Wagons were to resume as scheduled Feb. 1. During winter, Community Harvest will cancel Farm Wagon trucks if outside temperatures reach 0 degrees F or below, if there is a declared snow or ice warning, or during certain wind chill conditions. Closings can be found on its website at www.CHFB.org, its social media accounts, and through local media closing alerts. For more information about Farm Wagon or to view the schedule, see www.communityharvest.org/get-help.


Jennifer Kasmier, executive director of Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, 1316 Broadway, said her agency’s food bank would be open regular hours of 4–6 p.m. Tuesdays; 2:30-4 p.m. Thursdays; 9-11 a.m. Saturdays and 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, 301 W. Superior St., serves free breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is seeing a large influx of men staying there because of the weather. It needs hand warmers and men’s gloves, new medium size underwear, hoodies size large and up and winter coats in size extra-large.

To deal with the large numbers of men seeking shelter it is asking for monetary donations.

“With large numbers of men staying at 301 W. Superior Street and the extreme cold, our gas, water, and electric bills will rise, we’re providing more food, and needing more staff to handle so many overnight AND daytime guests,” it posted on Facebook.


Health care

RediMed urgent care clinics in Allen, Huntington and Wabash counties closed Jan. 30 along with Business Health Services clinics in Allen County and RediMed Physical Therapy in Allen and Huntington counties.

Lutheran Health Physicians closed various offices and satellite clinics Jan. 30 including Kosciusko Medical Group, Lutheran Medical Group, MedStat Nappanee and MedStat Syracuse.

Parkview Physicians Group – Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 7030 Pointe Inverness Way, Fort Wayne, closed Jan. 30. Its rheumatology office at 3816 New Vision Drive, Fort Wayne, closed at noon Jan. 30.

Schools

Southwest Allen County Schools and East Allen County Schools declared Jan. 29-31 as eLearning days in which students complete lessons at home and the time is counted for state requirements.
Fort Wayne Community School closed Jan. 30-31 with makeup days May 3 and 17.
Northwest Allen County Schools announced that it would be closed Jan. 30-31 with makeup days scheduled for April 19 and May 31.

Events

The city closed Citizens Square, the government office building at 200 E. Berry St., Jan. 29, canceling City Council’s planned “crime summit,” a gathering of several law enforcement and health officials. No new date has been announced.

1 Million Cups Fort Wayne, a group for entrepreneurs that meets 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays at Sweetwater’s Crescendo Cafe, 5501 Indiana 30 N, did not meet Jan. 30.

The second in Visiting Nurse’s speaker series “Everyone’s Epidemic” scheduled for Jan. 31 has been postponed. A new date and time will be announced in the near future.

Other

H.O.P.E. for Animals closed its clinic Jan. 30. All appointments for surgery and wellness are being rescheduled for later in the week. In an emailed statement, the clinic said it plans to call each customer to reschedule appointments. Clients with appointments needing rescheduled may also send an email to info@hfafw.org.

Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., closed Jan. 30.


For a list of additional closures across northeast Indiana, check out this alphabetical list compiled by our news partner, WANE-TV 15.