Rogers Park got hit with another 6 1/2 inches of snow last night. Though it was only half the amount of snow that fell last week, the storm and its aftermath nonetheless caused headaches for morning commuters.
The main streets have been plowed and salted, and since late this morning, City snow plows are plowing and salting 49th Ward residential side streets. Fortunately, the temperatures are not as cold as last week’s polar vortex and the sun is helping to melt some of the snow and ice on our streets.
However, the temperatures are expected to drop to near 0 tonight, which will greatly diminish the effectiveness of the road salt. As I noted last week, road salt’s effectiveness decreases greatly as the temperatures drop into the single digits and becomes totally ineffective at six degrees below zero (see chart at left, courtesy of Morton Salt, Inc.). I urge you to exercise caution, especially as the temperatures will continue to hover in the teens and single digits for the next several days.
If you park your car on the street and need to dig it out,please help keep the streets clear by throwing the snow onto the adjacent parkway. If you own property,please shovel your sidewalk so that pedestrians can safely walk. Failure to do so will make you liable for a fine of up to $100. And if you live near an intersection, be a good neighbor and make sure the crosswalks are clear of snow.
If you are 60 years of age or older and/or have a physical disability and lack access to available resources (financial resources or local family/friends), you are eligible to sign up for the Chicago Snow Corps. The Snow Corps is a City referral program that uses 311 to connect volunteers willing to shovel snow with people who are in need of assistance. Simply call 311 and ask to be placed on the program list.
Please note there is no guarantee by requesting volunteer snow shoveling that you will receive assistance. This program is based on the number of volunteers who sign up.
To volunteer to shovel the sidewalk of a senior citizen or disabled neighbor, CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.
If can afford to pay someone to shovel your walk, my office has a list of people willing to shovel your walk for a reasonable charge. Please reply to this e-mail or call 773-338-5796 and we will provide you with their contact information.
By being good neighbors and patient with one another, we’ll get through this Chicago winter.