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Fort Wayne storm notes: cancellations, safety tips

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:45 am
Rehabilitation Hospital's stroke support group scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday is canceled.Due to the inclement weather, the following Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation activities have been canceled:*Weisser, Jennings and Cooper youth centers closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Staff will stay until 7 p.m.

*Weisser Center's SBA Program is canceled for Tuesday night.National Serv-All has suspended all trash and recycling collections for Wednesday. All collections for the rest of the week will be performed one day later than usual: Wednesday work on Thursday, Thursday work on Friday, and Friday work on Saturday. The Macbeth Road Landfill will remain open.All Fort Wayne Community Schools afternoon and evening activities are canceled, including driver education offered at Anthis Career Center.

NAMI's meeting scheduled for Tuesday night is canceled.Due to the threat of inclement weather, Fort Wayne's Department of Parks & Recreation has cancelled youth basketball program from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School and adult recreational volleyball from 7 to 9 p.m. at Northwood Middle School.A storm that could bring several inches of snow in the Midwest has prompted some cancellations of flights at Fort Wayne International Airport in and out of Chicago and Minneapolis. See the flight tracker link at http://fwairport.com to check on a flight.The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety offers the following tips to reduce potential property damage.

Freezing pipes: Frozen water in pipes can cause them to burst. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are particularly vulnerable to freezing in extremely cold weather. Find out how to keep water in pipes from freezing here: http://disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/prevent-frozen-pipes

Roof collapse: The age of a building is a major determinant of how much snow and ice it can handle before collapsing. Get more information about roof snow and ice load ranges here: http://disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/prevent-roof-collapse.

Alternative heating devices: Freezing temperatures also mean increased fire dangers linked to the use of heating devices. Consult IBHS' Alternative Heating Sources guide to be safe when using space heaters, wood pellet stoves, fireplaces or other heating sources.

Generators: The heavy snow and high winds are likely to cause widespread power outages. Keep the power running during and after the storm by operating a generator safely with guidance from IBHS: Using Generators Safely.

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