With the end of the weekend's snowstorm, a much lighter system this afternoon, and a forecast of yet more snow this week, the City of Aurora' s snow team has been diligently plowing roadways since Friday night. Tonight, the full fleet of snow plows is in use to continue clearing each of the City's 35 snow routes, with an emphasis on areas where previously parked cars have been moved from residential roadways
Residents are reminded to refrain from parking vehicles on City streets and alleys. In order to assure safe and effective snowplowing, the City will be enforcing its snowfall ordinance, which prohibits parking on any street or alleyway 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 vehicles being ticketed or towed.
Caution When Driving
When driving, speed reduction in the ice and snow can go a long way in cutting down the number of accidents that typically accompany bad weather. Motorists should pay special attention on bridges, overpasses, and intersections, where slick spots may form. Motorists need to be extra careful when interacting with snow plows on City streets. Drivers should stay a minimum of 75 feet behind the plows and should never attempt to pass them.
Adopt a Hydrant
Resident can 'adopt' a hydrant and make it part of their snow clearing routine. The Aurora Fire Department is encouraging all residents to "adopt" a fire hydrant on or adjacent to their property, keep the snow cleared from the hydrant and clear a path to fire hydrants from the road so that it is easily accessible in case of an emergency.
Checking on Family and Protecting Pets
Residents are also asked to check in on elderly relatives or friends, or those who may have special needs; and to protect pets from winter elements.
For people who may need respite from the winter weather, there are six warming shelters open on Saturday and four on Saturday and Sunday across the City. They include all three Aurora Public Library Branches (1 E. Benton, 555 S. Eola and 233 S. Constitution), open Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Hessed House, 659 S. River St., open Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Vaughn Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail; Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois, and Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola, all open Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garbage and Recycling Collection
This week, all garbage and recycling will continue to be collected one day after the normal collection day due to Monday's rescheduled service.
Please contact the City of Aurora's Customer Service Team at 630-256-INFO for any additional questions.