Village of Orland Park Prepares for Blizzard 2011

Village of Orland Park Prepares for Blizzard 2011
Posted on 02/01/2011

The Village of Orland Park is preparing for the blizzard predicted to blanket the area within the next twenty-four hours.

"Each of the village's departments will address its storm responsibilities," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Our administrators have been meeting to prepare for the weather that's coming," he added.

Orland Park's Village Hall will be open during its normal hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

"We appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience," said Village Manager Paul Grimes. "Until this storm moves out, hopefully on Thursday, our top three priorities are life safety, public safety and snow removal," Grimes added.

Garbage pick up in the village will be delayed one day, similar to a holiday schedule. Garbage and recyclables will not be picked up on Wednesday, February 2. Garbage pick up for the remainder of the week will be one day later in the Village of Orland Park.

Snow removal in the Village of Orland Park is overseen by the village's Public Works Department. "Our crews are ready to go," said Public Works Director Ed Wilmes, adding, "The most important things for everyone to remember is to drive slow, do not park on any village streets once two inches of snow have fallen and do not shovel snow into the street. All shoveled snow should be pushed to the lawn or parkway."

Should a power outage force residents to seek warming shelters, the Orland Park Police Department is the designated check in point for those needing shelter.

"We want people to come to the Police Department first so we can determine how wide spread a problem the outage may be. If we need overflow facilities, we can open other village buildings," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

All recreation programs have been cancelled for Tuesday evening, February 1 and for Wednesday, February 2. The village's Sportsplex will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1 and, weather permitting, will re-open on Wednesday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Information about Recreation and Parks Department programs and facilities is available by calling the recorded weather hotline at 708/403-6290. Updates will also be available on the Recreation Department's facebook page (Orland Park Recreation).

The village's government access cable station is running emergency and weather related safety information, airing on both Comcast and the Orland Park area of A T & T U-Verse. And, the village's website at will include updated notices, including road closures.

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