We are making great progress in digging out of the fifth worst snowstorm in Chicago history. Though the National Weather Service’s official station at O’Hare Airport reported a total accumulation of 19.3 inches, the unofficial readings in Rogers Park pegged the total accumulation at more than 21 inches, thanks to “lake effect” snow.
Crews from the City of Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, working under the direction of my Ward Superintendent Dan Murphy, have been out since the weekend blizzard began. During the storm, the crews concentrated their efforts on keeping the arterial streets clear. Once the storm passed they turned their attention to the side streets.
All the side streets have now been plowed and salted at least twice and sometimes as many as three or four times. In addition to the plows, we also have a high-lift truck that enables us to remove snow from the real hard-hit areas, especially along the lakefront where the wind created huge snowdrifts.
Keeping the side streets clear is often made difficult by those who toss snow in the street when digging out their cars. Though I know it is not a pleasant task to dig your car out from under a mound of snow, please try to pile the snow on the parkway and do not throw it in the middle of the street. Because of the very cold temperatures and todays cloudy weather, the snow will not melt in the street.
Thank you to all the residents and business owners who have gotten out to clear sidewalks and alleys. If you haven’t cleared your sidewalk yet, please do so as soon as possible. City Code requires all property owners to clear their sidewalk of snow within 24 hours of a storm.
If you are aware of a property owner who has not shoveled their walk, please reply to this email with the address of the property and we will attempt to reach out to the owner and advise them of their responsibilities. If they fail to heed our warning, I will direct my Ward Superintendent to issue them a ticket.
Please check on your neighbors, especially seniors and people with disabilities. It is important that we look after each other as we continue digging out from this storm.
If you have any concerns or questions, please reply to this email or call 773-338-5796.
Together we’ll get through the aftermath of the storm.