Aftermath of Snowstorm

Aftermath of Snowstorm
Posted on 11/27/2018

ComEd reported that 1,700 households in Arlington Heights were without power as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, following the snowstorm that slammed the Chicago Metro region on Sunday, November 25. An updated power outage map from ComEd can be viewed here. Estimated restoration times reported vary from today through late Thursday night, November 29.

Residents without power are encouraged to stay with relatives, friends or at a hotel until power is restored. The Village has received few requests for a warming shelter overnight, but if needed, the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road, is serving as a warming center until closing at 7 p.m. on November 27. The Senior Center can be reached at 847.253.5532.

Other local sites where residents can go to warm up include the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., which is open from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., or the Arlington Park District’s Community Centers including: Pioneer Park from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., phone number 847.577.3035; the Olympic Indoor Swim Center, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., phone number 847.577.3025; the Recreation Park Community Center, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., phone number 847-577-3040; and Camelot Park, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., phone number 847.577.3010.

If residents who need a warm place to stay have any mobility, transportation or other special needs, they are encouraged to call the Village’s Health & Human Services Department at 847.368.5760 for assistance. If calling after 5 p.m. for assistance, please call the Police Desk at 847.368.5300.

As this is the “City of Good Neighbors,” you are encouraged to reach out to others in your neighborhood to see if there is any assistance you or the Village can offer as people recover from the storm.

In addition to the electrical outage resulting from the recent snowstorm, the Village has several other important reminders in dealing with the storm’s aftermath.

Tree Branches: Branches that have fallen on the parkway and roads will be picked up by the Public Works Department. Due to this storm’s impact on Village trees, Public Works crews are not able to pick up branches from private property at this time. Residents can still place branches out for pickup on your landscape waste collection day until December 14. Any branches put out for pickup must include a yardwaste sticker.

To report a tree down on a street or parkway (public property) please call the Public Works Department at 847.368.5800. Crews are expected to be out for several days taking care of the Village’s fallen trees and broken branches.

Heating: The Fire Department asks that people refrain from using their ovens, candles, or any other open flame as sources of heat. There are more house fires during cold weather months because of people not being “fire safe.”

Frozen Pipes: During cold weather, be sure to keep a trickle of water dripping from faucets to help prevent a frozen water line. As little as a ½ gallon of water per minute will keep a 3/4 inch water service from freezing. A good way to measure this is to use an empty milk jug and track the time it takes to fill it half way.

Refuse Collection Services: As a reminder, GROOT, the Village’s waste hauler provider, is collecting refuse, recycling and yardwaste a day later than your usual schedule. Storm-related complications have caused GROOT to change its collection schedule for the week of November 26 – December 1.