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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Make Sure You're Winter Ready This Season

Prepare for winter

Here are some tips for snow and cold weather:

CITY SNOW REMINDERS    

  • Do not park on city streets when there is 2 inches or more of snow
  • No on-street parking for a period of 24 hours after 2 inches or more of snow falls - or until the street has been cleared
  • The goal is to clear all streets within four hours after snow stops falling
  • Crews plow primary streets first, followed by side streets, cul-de-sacs, and school crossings near schools
  • The City does not clear snow from residential and business sidewalks

Other factors can cause snow removal to take longer:

  • heavier snow
  • ice 
  • traffic conditions
  • impediments blocking the streets, such as parked cars 

Learn more about snow removal procedures at: https://www.warrenville.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/9620/Snow-and-Ice-Removal-Procedures-PDF

PLAN AHEAD BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD:

Use the Illinois Department of Transportation's web-based interactive mapping site, Getting Around Illinois. You can find information on winter road conditions and view our live traffic cameras.

Start your planning here: https://idot.click/u6h. Remember, “Ice and snow, take it slow.” Slow down to keep yourself and everyone on the road safe. 

BE SALT SMART: 

Road salt is used to keep roads safe, but too much salt damages vehicles and infrastructure, harms pets and plants, and degrades rivers and wetlands. 

City staff attend annual trainings and deicing workshops to learn best practices when using salt. 

Find tips to stay safe while using less salt: saltsmart.org/residents

IF YOU HAVE A POWER OUTAGE: 

HOW TO PREVENT FREEZING PIPES: 

  • Keep the heat on to at least 50-55 degrees
  • For cabinets that cover pipes on an outside wall, leave cabinet doors open for better exposure to heat
  • When temps fall to below freezing, turn on your faucet and let the water run (make sure the water stream is as wide as a pencil)
  • If you have a vacant rental property, contact the Water Department to have your water turned off. Also drain the lines and keep the thermostat set to at least 50-55 degrees.
  • Experiencing low water pressure? This is a strong indicator that your pipes may be starting to freeze!

WARMING CENTERS:

The Warrenville Park District Recreation Center (3S260 Warren Avenue) is a designated Warming Center with operating hours listed below:

  • Monday-Thursday: 5:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 5:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Anyone who needs overnight accommodations should call the Police Department non-emergency telephone number, (630) 393-2131 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or dial 9-1-1 after regular business hours, and ask to speak with an on-duty Sergeant or Corporal.

Find more warming shelters at: https://211dupage.gov/index.php/disaster

CREATE A TRAVEL SAFETY KIT:

If you own or operate a vehicle, it's essential to keep an on-the-go emergency kit!

For winter weather, add extra items to keep you safe in cold, snowy, or icy conditions, such as:

  • Sand
  • Blankets
  • Warm clothing
  • An ice scraper
  • A shovel


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