National Guard to stage more assistance teams; Gov. Mike Pence authorizes state offices closed Monday

January 5, 2014 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Twenty-four Highway Assistance Teams were deployed earlier, and 24 more teams are now being deployed. The additional teams will go to armories in Fort Wayne, Bluffton, Winchester, Muncie, Kokomo, Evansville, Gary, Valparaiso, Plymouth, Elkhart, and Remington.

The assistance teams will be mission-ready by 10 p.m. Sunday. Four teams are going to Ft. Wayne. All other locations will have two teams each.

With the extra deployments, 48 Highway Assistance Teams are deployed across the state, consisting of nearly 200 Guardsmen and 96 vehicles.

Governor Pence has also authorized all state government offices to remain closed on Monday in response to severe weather and expected extreme cold temperatures. Essential personnel will report to work to ensure public safety and critical services are available.

"We want to ensure that our employees are safe and that Hoosiers have access to critical public services," said Governor Pence. "I am limiting the number of employees who must report to work on Monday to help keep people off the roads and out of the extreme cold, even while we make sure that Hoosiers have access to necessary government services."

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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