Village of Orland Park Prepares for Snow

Village of Orland Park Prepares for Snow
Posted on 02/08/2018

The Village of Orland Park Public Works Department is prepared for more snow to hit Chicago Southland. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for this evening through Friday for the Orland Park area. Snow is expected to continue through the weekend.

"If the forecast is correct, Orland Park could expect as much as eight to 14 additional inches of snow beginning Thursday evening into the weekend," said Public Works Director John Ingram. "This is why we are again sharing the village's snow tips and reminding residents what they can do to help the village's plowing crews," he said.

Parking on village streets is prohibited once two inches of snow fall. Parked vehicles must be kept off the street for 10 hours after it snows, enabling plowing crews to make clear passes.

Garbage and recyclable pick up for Friday, February 9th will be delayed until Saturday, February 10th.

Residents should never push shoveled snow into the street and always to the lawn or parkway.

"This is always a problem every year," Ingram said. "People may think that the plows will come through and clear the snow that residents push to the street but this is not the case. Snow that's pushed to the street becomes packed and frozen and creates a serious hazard at the end of the residents' driveways. Always snow blow or push shoveled snow to the lawn --- always," he emphasized.

Plowing crews are on call for snow removal as staff monitor the start of the snow fall and its accumulations.

Orland Park's other snow tips include keeping trash toters behind the curbline to prevent them from rolling into the street. Residents who are physically able are asked to clear a path to fire hydrants from the street, clearing a three foot perimeter around the hydrant so firefighters can access it quickly and easily in an emergency.

The AAA Chicago Motor Club recommends accelerating and decelerating slowly in snow allowing extra time to slow down at stoplights. Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly in snow giving themselves time to maneuver. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds. The increased margin of safety will offer longer distance needed to stop. AAA recommends staying home if you don't have to go out.

"We appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience," said Ingram. "Our crews take their jobs very seriously and do all that they can to make Orland Park streets safe and accessible each time it snows," he said.

The Village of Orland Park will continue to share weather updates and snow reminders through the local media, on its website at orlandpark.org, its Facebook page at Facebook.com/VillageofOrlandPark and via its Twitter feed at twitter.com/VillageOrlandPk.