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Feb 01, 2022

Winter Weather Preparedness Reminders

With inevitable winter weather approaching, the Village wishes to share the following reminders with residents.

Personnel and plowing equipment are ready for any snow or ice removal that may be needed throughout the winter season. Please note the Village’s Snow Removal Plan which prioritizes plowing and/or salting operations in the following order:

  1. Main Arterial Roads, Central Business District Roads, and School Routes
  2. Train Platforms
  3. Secondary Streets
  4. Sidewalk Circuits
  5. Cul-de-sacs
  6. Parking Lots
  7. Alleys
  8. Town Clean-up

As a reminder, residential street parking at any time is not allowed after 3” of snowfall and violators are subject to ticketing. Cars parked on the street in residential areas greatly reduce the efficiency of snow removal efforts and create hazards during conditions.

With the extreme cold temperatures forecasted, individuals are reminded to take precautions to ensure their health, safety, and well-being during these conditions. Those needing relief are encouraged to seek shelter at any of the heating centers in DuPage County - for a list of these sites, click here.

Avoid Frozen Pipes
Public Services is reminding residents that extreme cold can cause pipes to crack and burst. To avoid this expensive and damaging situation, residents are reminded to leave their water trickling, to open cabinets in order to expose water pipes to warm air, and to eliminate sources of cold air. If you experience frozen pipes, shut off the water immediately. Do not attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints. Avoid the use of kerosene heaters or open flames.

Weather Forecast Information
For up to date information on the winter weather forecast for the region, visit the US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois

Resident Clean-Up Reminders
The Village’s Public Services Department work long hours before, during, and after a snowstorm to clear roads as much as possible. While plow drivers take care of public roads, residents can keep their neighborhoods safe by appropriately clearing sidewalks, driveways, and fire hydrants this winter.

Below are tips homeowners can keep in mind when managing snow and ice on their properties:

  1. Sidewalks

 Homeowners are responsible for keeping walkways in residential areas safe and clear of snow. Shoveling and the right amount of salt help to keep sidewalks open for students getting to and from school, mail carriers, and other residents walking in the neighborhood.

Shoveling snow before it gets walked on and compressed helps reduce the amount of ice that forms. Be Salt Smart. If you choose to use salt, remember that a 12-ounce cup of salt is enough to cover 10 sidewalk squares. Scatter salt sparsely across the squares so it is not clumped together.  Rock salt stops working when temperatures are below 15°F. Consider switching to a product formulated for colder temperatures if conditions are slippery.

  1. Driveways

 Snow plow drivers do their best to keep roads passable during the storm and then clear once the storm ends. Unfortunately, as snow is plowed off the streets, it piles up at the end of driveways and crosswalks. Due to the amount of snow, it is impossible to prevent this from happening.

It is the responsibility of the homeowner to clear this snow from the end of the driveway or crosswalk in a safe manner. It is illegal and unsafe for snow or ice to be put back on the road at any time.

  1. Fire Hydrants

The Hinsdale Fire Department encourages you to "adopt" your local fire hydrant by clearing snow and ice from around it. The hoses used to fight a fire flow a minimum of 180 gallons of water every 60 seconds. At that rate, the tank on the engine will empty in about 3.5 minutes. Our engineers can get water to the engine from the hydrant, on average, in 1.5 minutes under optimal conditions. If the engineer has to dig out a hydrant, the time lost could prove disastrous. Members of the Hinsdale Fire Department try to clear out as many hydrants as possible but there are simply too many to get to them all. We ask that residents please adopt the hydrants near their homes and keep the snow clear so we can see them and use them quickly in an emergency when every second matters.

Please do not shovel snow back out onto the street. Instead, shovel snow off to the side or behind the hydrant so that easy access can be maintained.

Thank you for doing your part keep our neighborhoods safe during the winter season. For more winter preparedness tips visit ready.illinois.gov or download their Winter Preparedness Guide