As snow continues to fall this morning, the Aurora Snow Team will continue its non-stop snow removal operations throughout the day. The fleet worked all night to keep primary roadways clear and, working with local contractors, have moved into residential neighborhoods.
Also throughout the night, Aurora fire, police and public works staff collaborated with ComEd on power outages and more than a dozen reports of fallen trees and downed wires due to the high winds.
“It has been an intense night,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “We applaud and thank all of our team members who are out in the elements to keep Aurora safe and operational.”
GARBAGE COLLECTION CANCELLED
Due to the weather, trash collection has been cancelled for today, Monday, November 26. Consequently, this week’s daily collection schedule will be delayed by one day.
All of Aurora’s public school districts and most private schools, parochial schools and colleges are closed today. Some have delayed starts. Residents are encouraged to check with their respective school for additional updates.
SAFETY WHILE DRIVING
The City is encouraging residents to limit driving during the snow. When driving, do so with a reduced speed and pay special attention on bridges, overpasses and intersections where slick spots may form. Also, be careful when interacting with snow plows by staying a minimum of 75 feet behind them and never attempt to pass them.
PARKING ON STREETS
Refrain from parking on City streets and alleys. The City's snow parking ordinance prohibits parking on any street or alley during or after a snowfall of two inches or more until the street has been plowed to the curb or road edge. Failure to comply can lead to a ticket and vehicle tow that will cost a minimum of $150.00, plus applicable storage and release fees.
CHECK ON OTHERS
During inclement weather, remember to check in on elderly neighbors and those who may have special needs. Aurora has many warming centers throughout the city where residents in need may visit at designated hours. A list of warming centers is available at www.aurora-il.org/WarmingCenters. Also, protect pets from winter elements by providing proper shelter.
A FEW OTHER DO’S AND DON’TS:
Do not shovel snow into the street when clearing driveways.
Do help to keep fire hydrants cleared of snow so they can be accessed quickly in an emergency.
Do not leave running vehicles unattended, whether locked or unlocked.
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