- Friday February 4th, 2011 :: 12:18 p.m. CST
City Officials Provide Latest Winter Storm Response Update
Priority is clearing side streets; Schools and libraries open;
O’Hare and Midway open
City of Chicago officials this morning provided the latest in a series of updates regarding the City’s
response to the historic snowstorm that dumped 20.2 inches of snow, the third most in Chicago
history. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications’ Emergency Operations Center has been open since February 1 at noon, nearly 72 hours, to coordinate the City’s response to this historic storm.
The City continues work to clear the side streets and reunite owners with cars relocated from Lake Shore Drive. The full fleet of 274 Snow Trucks is in action, and 200 pieces of heavy equipment are deployed in neighborhoods clearing heavy snow accumulations.
As of 9 a.m. approximately 137 cars remain to be picked up from the Lake Shore Drive relocation areas. This includes 45 cars at Foster, 41 cars at Soldier Field, 31 cars at Wilson and 8 cars at Chicago Avenue. Residents can visit www.cityofchicago.org to search the list to find the location of their vehicle. The lots will remain open until the last car is claimed.
Residents driving on the area expressways and on Lake Shore Drive are reminded to drive cautiously
and slow down. In some cases, there are areas where traffic lanes narrow, and pavement can be
slick or snow covered in spots. Excessive speed diminishes your ability to react to changing road
O’Hare and Midway International Airports are fully operational with the airlines running normal
schedules. All terminals, TSA security checkpoints and concessions are open and operating normally,
and roadways, parking lots and garages are cleared and fully accessible.
The Chicago Department of Aviation will continue to assign additional staff to assist passengers in the
terminals. Travelers who are flying from, to, or connecting through Chicago’s airports should check
their airlines’ Web site or call them to confirm the status of their flight before heading to the airport.
Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Libraries and all Chicago Board of
Elections early voting locations will be open today.
Chicago Transit Authority service is normal for bus and train routes. Residents should continue to
utilize CTA Bus and CTA Train Tracker to manage travel plans for the day.
The cold temperatures remain an issue of concern. Today’s high is only expected to reach 21
degrees, and wind chill values may drop to as low as minus 11. Residents in need of heat or shelter
should call 311 right away. 311 call volume remains steady. Nearly 3,600 calls have been made to
311 today. Since the snowstorm began, the City has received 1,596 cold weather related calls.
Residents calling 311 are asked to be patient. Average wait time will change depending on call
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications continues to utilize technology to
identify issues such as power outages in order to respond quickly and make repairs to City
infrastructure. The OEMC is also working with our Cook County partners to prepare the public
assistance request that will be forwarded to the State of Illinois. From there, the request for
assistance will be sent to the President for consideration.
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3510 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653