Local News: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

9 Dubois County Roads Remain Closed Due to High Water

The Dubois County Highway Dept. has closed the following roads due to high water.

We do expect the list to grow as steady, heavy rain is possible for several days this week.

Meteorologists say Dubois County could see 3-5 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts up to 6 inches through Sunday morning.

This may result in flooding across parts of the area.

Stay tuned for updates.

Madison Township

  • CR 800 W –      North of CR 300 S
  • CR 150 S –       West of Old Huntingburg Road
  • Ell Creek Rd. –  North of CR 400 S

Roads Re- Opened

  • Old Huntingburg Rd. –  North of CR 400 S
  • CR 400 S-      West of Ell Creek Rd.
  • CR 400 S –     East of U.S. 231
  • CR 130 W-     North of 400 S
  • CR 875 W –      South of CR 150 N
  • 1st St. –          Huntingburg, west of CR 75 W
  • CR 620 W –      @ Dillon Creek

Stay with WITZ through the day for the latest road conditions.


NSW Issues Flood Watch For Dubois County

AREA WIDE — The National Weather Service has issued a FLOOD WATCH For Dubois County and the surrounding area.

The watch began this morning and goes through Sunday morning.

Several rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall can be expected throughout the area through early Thursday.

Then showers and thunderstorms move in late Thursday through Saturday night.

3 to 6 inches of rain could fall through Sunday morning.

With ground already saturated, and rivers swollen, significant flooding may occur in flood prone areas, this according to the weather service.

Be sure to stay tuned to WITZ through the day.  We’ll bring you the latest advisories, road closures and flood reports as they come in through the rest of the week.


JPD Requesting Public Assistance 

JASPER — Jasper Police is asking for the public’s help identifying a theft suspect.  A photo pulled from surveillance video was released by investigators last night.

The female is wanted in connection to a theft at Walmart on February 2nd.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Jasper Police or call the anonymous tip line at (812) 481-COPS.


“No Viable Threat” to Warrick Co. Schools

WARRICK CO. — School officials in Warrick County say there was no viable threat, after rumors of a planned shooting forced several schools in the district to go on a lockout procedure Monday.

According to school officials, the Snapchat threat originated from outside of the area and never specifically mentioned Castle schools.

That threat stated the poster was going to kill at least 60 people, adding, “so be ready.”

The sheriff’s department is continuing to work with the FBI in the investigation.

School officials explain the Lock OUT procedure is different than a lock DOWN.

In a lock out, schools resume their normal day, however doors in the school are locked.

In a lock DOWN, lights are turned off, doors are locked and the students hide.


Jasper Considering Changes to Abatement Program

JASPER — The Jasper Economic Development Commission has recommended changes to the city’s tax abatement program.

Matt Crane with the Dubois County Free Press reports, among the changes being recommended, cutting the length of the abatement available for real property, or equipment in half, from 10 to 5 years, combining the application and re-certification forms to streamline the process, and implementing changes to how abatements are scored.

The changes have to be approved by the Common Council and will be under consideration at tonight’s regular meeting.

Japer mayor Terry Seitz addressed the commissioners this week, explaining the tax abatement program

He explained that since its adoption, more than $81 million had been invested by businesses expanding or moving to Jasper.

Under the city’s tax abatement program, companies are able to phase in personal and real property tax payments on new investments for up to 10 years and is often used as a bargaining chip when trying to attract new companies to the city.

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