So far the City of Naperville has reported snowfall of 5.5 inches, and closures is the word of the day: from both school districts, park district programs, North Central College and even the library.
To deal with the heavy snowfall, the city has been out plowing since last night, and contractors have been assisting since about 3 a.m.
City officials say 107 trucks were out plowing and salting the roads this morning to prepare for rush hour.
“It’s actually going exactly the way we thought it would,” said Linda LaCloche, communicationa manager for the City of Naperville. “We knew with the duration of the snowfall that the [main] roads would be passable, but they would be snow covered. And then our neighborhood roads would be snow packed.”
Currently 87 trucks are out working as some of the morning drivers had to report to their regular city jobs.
The city generally sends out 22 of its own trucks, but today all 26 are out working to keep the roads clear.
Crews focused first on arterial roads like Washington and 75th streets and Naperville Boulevard, but 49 contractors are currently focusing on the city’s cul-de-sacs.
To assist with the process, officials say stay home if you can, but if you have to travel, drive smart.
“Give the plows room. Stay back. It’s kind of hard for them if you creep up on them to see you. So just use safety. Try not to go around them. And reduce your speed and realize you need to add more travel time on,” LaCloche explained.
From 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. police report three crashes and 11 traffic assists, which can include things like flat tires or cars stuck in the snow.
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