Temporary Road Restrictions Alexandria, IN

Date: 9/13/2018
Time: 9:30 PM

Road Closure Alexandria, IN

As a result of an earlier partial building collapse in the City of Alexandria, IN, a section of downtown is closed to all traffic while demolition begins. Road closures will be in effect for a period of time, including all pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. Road Closures are as follows:

North Harrison Street between Berry Street and Church Street
Washington is closed between Wayne Street and Canal Street

INDOT currently has State Road 9 closed for bridge repairs at 11th Street, commercial vehicles MUST follow posted detour routes and avoid downtown Alexandria.

The City of Alexandria is asking for everyones cooperation to avoid the posted construction area while demolition is occurring.

Anyone with questions regarding the structural collapse or road closures should contact Mayor Ron Richardson, City of Alexandria, IN at (765) 724-4633.

Sandbags are available for Madison County residents

In advance of heavy rainfall and possible flooding this weekend throughout all of Madison County and central Indiana, the Madison County Highway Department has begun filling sand bags for local residents. Sand bags will be available starting at 2:00PM and can be picked up at the Madison County Highway Department located on W 8th Street at Dale Jones Road. Sandbags are for residents of Madison County.

The NWS is forecasting 4″-6″ with some isolated areas receiving more rainfall amounts. The ground is currently saturated, holding ponds, and creeks are full. As a result, any additional rainfall will lead to low land flooding first, followed by larger creeks and rivers flooding. We expect to have road closures in the common areas where flooding occurs.

As a reminder to all residents, Turn Around Don’t Drown. As little as 6″ of moving water can sweep away an automobile risking the lives of everyone on board as well as the lives of emergency first responders. All motorists should heed Road Closed signs and when driving at night, you extra caution as high water may be difficult to spot.

Flood Advisory Information

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Advisory for… Northern Madison County in central Indiana… West central Delaware County in east central Indiana…

* Until 945 PM EDT.

* At 642 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain had fallen due to thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. Around two inches of rain have already fallen.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include… Elwood, Alexandria, Frankton and Orestes.



Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

EMA participates in #2018RoadtoRecovery exercise

Earlier this week, several members of the Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security Agency teamed up with EMA personnel from other District 6 counties to participate in the full scale recovery exercise named “2018 Road to Recovery”. The full scale exercise was held at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southern Indiana and managed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Agency. This multi day training exercise allowed our members, who are part of the District 6 Incident Management Team, to test our skills in a near real life response scenario exercise. The scenario involved historic flooding in “Hoosier County, Indiana” which caused wide spread damage through out the county. During the flood event, water rescue teams were actively rescuing citizens from their homes in the sunken city (see pictures below). The seven members from Madison County EMA joined 6 others from the district to activate the IMT. Our staff held positions of, Operations, Communications Leader (Comm-L), Public Information, Documentation specialist, and support. In addition to the seven members at MUTC, 1 person from the PIO division supported the exercise from our EOC located in Anderson, IN. “This was a great exercise for our District 6 Incident Management Team to mobilize, setup, manage an incident, pack up, and demobilize all within 72 hours” said Tom Ecker, Executive Director of Madison County EMA. Each year, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security takes 3 or 4 of the district task force teams to MUTC for training. Emergency responders in Indiana are very lucky to have MUTC in our backyard and available for training. District 6 IMT looks forward to the opportunity to return to MUTC to further improve our response capabilities.

Here is a little more information about Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and its capabilities for Military and Public Safety responders:

Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex: “As Real As It Gets”
Recognized as the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) largest urban training facility serving those who work to defend the homeland and win the peace,[i] Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex (MUTC) offers users a globally unique, urban and rural, multi-domain operating environment.

Muscatatuck is a real city that includes a built physical infrastructure, a well-integrated cyber-physical environment, an electromagnetic effects system and human elements. Muscatatuck offers users the most realistic, flexible and affordable approach for testing and training. The site can also support conducting customized live/virtual/constructive-gaming (LVC-G) testing, training and evaluation.

Multi-Domain Environment

The multi-domain environment includes a physical metropolitan infrastructure; a 1,000 acre urban and rural landscape with more than 200 brick and mortar structures; a managed airspace; a 180-acre reservoir; 1.5 miles of subterranean tunnels; a doctrinally correct Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF); and a cyber “live-fire range,” or CyberTropolis, capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations. The multi-domain environment reflects the 21st Century battlefield, which includes land, sea, air, space and cyberspace, and also comprises human terrain to increase realism.

Realistic and Flexible

Everything in the city and surrounding property– including the people – is “in play.” Culturally authentic animals and role players can participate in exercise scenarios that are customized by subject matter experts (SMEs) according to user needs. SMEs design both foreign and domestic scenarios that replicate the most complex and dynamic multi-domain environments in which U.S. forces, DoD civilians and first responders operate. MUTC offers a robust and realistic electromagnetic environment, telecommunications infrastructure and a well-developed, closed network wireless environment consisting of 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and other RF technologies.

Affordable Collaboration

MUTC employs a “network effect” operating model to generate two major values for the user: A highly realistic training/assessment environment at a cost-benefit ratio virtually impossible to achieve if attempted alone; and, the opportunity to collaborate as a “team of equals” with other agencies and entities that will be critical to mission success. Collaboration is effected while ensuring that each agency retains total control of its program.

MUTC Terrain Zones

The infrastructure is divided into six general terrain zones with real streets and structures that reflect a general theme of a city layout:

Urban Core
Rule of Law
MUTC Real-World Cyber-Physical Infrastructure:

The following list is in alphabetical order. Every structure on the complex is “in play.”

1.5 Miles of Tunnel Systems
4 Downed Aircraft (ex: B-727)
5 Rubble Buildings (14 searchable lanes):
–Collapsed Apartment Building
–Collapsed Parking Garage
–Floodable, Collapsed Rail Trestle
5-Story Hospital
7-Story High-Angle Rescue Trainer
9 Miles of Roads with 3 Traffic Circles and Overpass
B-757 Cabin Simulator
Bus Station
Business Offices
Camp Holland Isolated Housing Area
Cave Complex
Circular Drop Zone
Coal-Fired Steam Plant
Concrete Batch Plant
Convenience Store/Pizza Shop
Cyber Range
Destroyed Substation
Destroyed Trailer Park
Farms, Third-World
Fire Rescue Trainer
Fire Station
Fitness Center and Gym
Flooded Community
Freshwater Treatment Facility (functional)
Gas Station
Landing Zones/Pickup Zones
Multicultural Center
Multi-Purpose Building
Municipal Buildings
Nursing Home
Observation/Clock Tower
Oil Refinery
Power Transfer Station
Prison Compound
Public Transit
Radio Station
Residential Neighborhoods/Single Family Homes
Salvage Yard/Motor Pool
Site Exploitation Houses
Sniper Locations
Soccer Stadium
Static-Line Surveyed Drop Zone (FOB Panther)
Subway Station
Tactical Operations Centers (isolation facilities)
Town Houses
Train Station
Training School
Urban Canyon
Blank/Simunition Shoot House
Walled and Gated Embassy
Wastewater Treatment Facility (functional)
Click here for the complete list of structures including housing units at MUTC and COB Panther.

Muscatatuck is located in South Central Indiana’s Jennings County near Butlerville, Ind. Click here for driving directions. To schedule your customized training scenario, contact the Muscatatuck Scheduling Office at 317-247-3300 x 41777 or email our operations/scheduling specialists.

[i] Atterbury-Muscatatuck serves military units, first responders, government agencies and industry from around the globe. The National Center for Complex Operations, Inc. (NCCO),, works with private contractors to arrange training and use of Atterbury-Muscatatuck. Foreign operators must abide by international trade regulations and follow procedures outlined by the U.S. Department of State.

Project Lifesaver Training

Electronic Search Specialists Lew Baker and Doug Rose from Madison County Emergency Management & Department of Homeland Security speak with Kerry Kane at Maplewood Cemetery during training on Sunday of the Project Lifesaver system.

Project Lifesaver is a nationwide safety program for residents with disorders that make them susceptible to unsafe wandering away from their caregivers. Most times, that involves children and adults living with autism, Alzheimer’s or Downs Syndrome. Madison County rejoined Project Lifesaver International in January of this year under the leadership of the Sheriffs Department. EMA, local fire and police departments, and Community Hospital Anderson Foundation formed an effective partnership to make the program available for these vulnerable populations.

In Sunday’s training exercise, Kane, a Nurse Practitioner with specialized experience in elder care, played the role of a person living with Alzheimer’s who walked away from caregivers while visiting a local pharmacy. Using the unique radio frequency each Project Lifesaver client is assigned and wears on their body, Baker and Rose used specially designed receiver equipment and located her sitting among monuments in Anderson’s Maplewood Cemetery. The search was successfully accomplished with her being found in just over 30 minutes from time it began and within a mile from where she was last seen at the pharmacy.

To qualify for Project Lifesaver Madison County, clients must be residents of the county, have a medically certified condition that makes them susceptible to wandering, and require constant caregiver supervision. Thanks to generous support from Community Hospital Anderson, their Foundation, and Children’s Bureau Inc, financial assistance is available to help pay the one-time $300 equipment costs. There is no ongoing expense to be on Project Lifesaver.

Questions about the program or how you can provide financial support can be directed to our Community Policing line at 765-646-9250.

Madison County Cooling Center Information

Madison County Cooling Center Information 
Updated 6/29 10:28 am
Anderson Public Library – Friday & Saturday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM – 111 E. 12th Street, Anderson
Christian Center – 8 AM – 8 PM, 625 Main Street, Anderson
Seating is available in the dining area.  Cool drinks available and meals will be served during regularly scheduled meal times.
Community Hospital – 12 PM – 8 PM, 1515 N. Madison Avenue, Anderson
Citizens wishing to seek shelter from the heat at Community Hospital Anderson should enter through the Emergency Department entrance and check in with security in the lobby. The security officer will escort people to the designated area.
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital – 12 PM – 8 PM, 2015 Jackson St., Anderson
Persons needing help from the heat should enter the Main Lobby.
St. Vincent Mercy Hospital – 1331 South A St., Elwood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week their lobby is open to those who need a place to escape the heat.

Madison County opens cooling centers

Due to the unseasonably hot weather forecast today (Monday) and Tuesday, the United Way in coordination with other County Organizations Active in a Disaster (COAD) have opened Cooling Centers.
* TEMPERATURE...Afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle
  90s, with maximum afternoon heat index values around 105

* IMPACTS...The heat will lead to hazardous conditions
  particularly for the elderly, those with preexisting health
  conditions, and pets. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke is
The following centers have verified their participation:
Anderson Public Library – Monday -Thursday, 9:30AM – 8:00PM, Friday & Saturday, 9:30AM – 5:30PM, Sunday, 1 PM to 5 PM – 111 E. 12th Street, Anderson
Lapel Branch Library – Monday – Thursday, 12 PM – 8 PM, 610 Main St., Lapel
Salvation Army – Monday & Tuesday 9 AM – 3Pm.  1615 Meridian Street, Anderson, IN 46016
St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital – 12 PM – 8 PM, 2015 Jackson St., Anderson
Persons needing help from the heat should enter through the emergency room entrance.
St. Vincent Mercy Hospital – 1331 South A St., Elwood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week their lobby is open to those who need a place to escape the heat.
Community Hospital – 1515 N. Madison Avenue, Anderson
Citizens wishing to seek shelter from the heat at Community Hospital Anderson should enter through the Emergency Department entrance and check in with security in the lobby. The security officer will escort people to the designated area.
Christian Center – 625 N Main Street, Anderson
FYI – Cooling Center vs. Emergency Shelter
A cooling center is a drop-in area for residents to visit during hot temperatures.  No registration is required.  Typically, only seating is available.  An emergency shelter provides a temporary living space for an individual in need of emergency housing.  Registration is required.  Typically, sleeping areas and meals are provided.

United Way offers Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training

Kim Rogers-Hatfield
Vice President of Engagement
United Way of Madison County
P. O. Box 1200, Anderson, IN 46015
United Way offers Disaster Volunteer Reception Center Training
MADISON COUNTY- On Thursday, May 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm, United Way of Madison County is seeking volunteers to learn how to set up and run a Disaster Volunteer Reception Center.
When a disaster strikes our community, good people will volunteer.  However, trained volunteers are necessary to help deploy them where they are needed the most.  A disaster could happen to our community at any time. Madison County needs trained volunteers ready to provide assistance such as a Volunteer Reception Center, known as a VRC, in case of a large disaster. VRC volunteers work registration, logistics, and phones to help keep volunteer recovery efforts organized and the most efficient.
This one-night training will be held on Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Aletheia Fellowship & Ministry Center, 2505 Faith Drive, Anderson.  Register online in advance at  Contact Kim at 765-608-3067 or for more details.
United Way of Madison County is currently the lead organization for the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) for Madison County.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF MADISON COUNTY: United Way of Madison County is improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of community by focusing on the building blocks to a good life: Education, Income and Health. Governed by an 18 member volunteer board of directors, United Way of Madison County has been a member in good standing of United Way of America since 1973. For more information, contact 765-643-7493 or visit our Website at


Kim Rogers-Hatfield, CVA

Vice President of Engagement
United Way of Madison County

A Silver Alert has been issued


Silver Alert 013-2018 issued on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on Nathaniel Selous Ellenbogen has been cancelled as of Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:26 am. For more information on this cancellation, please contact the Alexandria Police Department at 765-642-0221.

A Statewide Silver Alert has been declared, repeating, a Statewide Silver Alert has been declared.

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the disappearance of an adult from Alexandria, Indiana.  Alexandria, Indiana is 56 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Nathaniel Selous Ellenbogen is an 24 year old white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 180 pounds, brown hair, and hazel eyes.

 He was last seen Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00 am in Alexandria, Indiana and is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

He was last seen driving a black 1998 Buick Regal Indiana plate D577RU.

If you have any information on Nathaniel Selous Ellenbogen, contact the Alexandria Police Department at 765-642-0221 or 911.

Pipe Creek Fire Dept Memorial Fund 

A fund has been established for donations to help support the families of Firefighters David Wittkamper and Kyle Hibst. All donations can be mailed to either:

Madison County Federal Credit Union
7953 East St Rd 28
Elwood IN 46036
Attn: Pipe Creek Fire Dept Memorial Fund

Or to:
Pipe Creek Fire Dept
6923 West St Rd 28
Elwood In 46036
Attn: Pipe Creek Fire Dept Memorial Fund

Any and all donations will go directly to the families of our lost brothers.

Any questions please feel free to contact

Chief Richard Shepherd


This message is posted on behalf of the Pipe Creek Township Fire Department.