Friday, February 11, 2011
Nearly 20" of snowfall required moving and storage of countless cubic feet of snow.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Glenn Wall
Friday, February 11, 2011
“I finally got a good night’s sleep last night,” said Paul Risinger, Northbrook Public Works General Operations Superintendent, while sitting in his office Wednesday—exactly one week after the Blizzard of ’11. By last Friday, some 48 hours after the last flakes from the blizzard fell to earth, Northbrook's snow removal crews were bringing in heavy artillery to fight to clear streets, sidewalks, and commuter parking lots. That meant one thing; trucking much more snow than usual away. After most streets were made passable, deep drifts of snow needed to be removed from the village’s business district and Metra commuter lots. So starting Friday, trucks began carrying it to just a field just north of the Northbrook Library and to parking lots …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Plow crews worked on 12 hour shifts to combat 15 hours of blizzard.
Northbrook Village President Sandy Frum formally declared a state of emergency at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release from the village, after more than 17 inches of snow fell during a 15-hour blizzard that began Monday. Northbrook plow crews focused their efforts on main roads and have now moved onto residential streets, according to Dan Kaup, assistant to the village manager. Crews will continue to work through Thursday on 12-hour shifts until all the snow is cleared. The declaration of emergency may help Northbrook obtain extra funds for money spent by the village during the blizzard, if the state of Illinois receives federal assistance, according to the release. Since Northbrook’s snow parking ban remains in effect and streets must …
Public Works predicts residential streets will be passable in the next eight hours.
Like other Northbrook residents, Ashley Wang woke up to more than a foot of snow burying her driveway—and her car—on Wednesday morning. “I tried to go to work, but I have to go out of the house first,” said Wang. A physician who works downtown, Wang wasn’t able to take the day off. But at noon, she and her husband had been shoveling for about two hours—and there was still at least three feet left to go before they reached the end of the driveway. Down the street, Wang’s neighbors, Ray and Terry Garcia, and their son, Tim, said they too had been shoveling for at least an hour and a half. “It’s a lot of snow,” said Ray, who was manning a snow blower. “We still haven’t gotten the car out.” While residents shoveled out, Northbrook public …
Metra trains were severely delayed while plow crews worked overtime to keep up with the snow.
Metra commuters reported delays up to an hour while traveling to and from Northbrook. Meanwhile, public works crews began working overtime Monday night to keep up with the 2 to 4 inches per hour predicted by the National Weather Service. The agency has issued a blizzard warning in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Northbrook Patch will keep this story updated with the latest cancellations as they come in.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
With a blizzard warning in effect from 3 p.m. Tuesday to 3 p.m. Wednesday, local government, businesses and schools are shutting down. Northbrook Patch will update this list as we find out about more cancellations. Public Works Meeting Rescheduled A public works committee meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday night has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15. The agenda included a discussion of temporary speed tables proposed for Church Street and a presentation on the way neighboring villages deal with skunks. Garbage Pickup Will Take Place One Day Later According to the Village Hall website, Veolia will not be picking up garbage on Wednesday due to the storm. Residents with questions can contact Veolia at 847-272-4145. …
More than 20 inches of snow is expected.
Today: A chance of snow and freezing drizzle before noon, then snow. Widespread blowing snow after 3pm. High near 26. Windy, with a northeast wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight: Snow and widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 18. Wind chill values as low as -2. Very windy, with a northeast wind between 30 and 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches possible. Wednesday: Snow showers before 6am, then snow and widespread blowing snow before noon, then …
With the National Weather Service issuing a blizzard warning, Northbrook plow crews are preparing for long shifts.
With a major snowstorm expected to move into the area late Monday night or early Tuesday, Northbrook’s Village Hall is warning residents about the village’s snow parking ban and reminding them to keep fire hydrants accessible when shoveling snow. “While our crews will keep roads safe, in an emergency, seconds count when trying to access fire hydrants,” Northbrook Communications Manager Cheryl Fayne-dePersio wrote in an e-mail to local media. Northbrook municipal law makes it illegal to block a fire hydrant when removing snow and to plow accumulated snow from a private lot or driveway into a village street. Local law also prohibits drivers from parking on village streets within 12 hours after a snowfall of two or more inches, unless the …