Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Look back at the great blizzard through statistics and pictures.
High temperatures in the area hovered around 58 degrees Tuesday. It’s hard to believe that exactly one year ago we were bracing for nearly two feet of snow. We’re taking a look back at the storm that buried Darien between Feb. 1-2, 2011, through pictures and statistics. We’ll all be that much more grateful for this year’s (so far) mild winter. All storm data comes from the National Weather Service. In many cases, data specific to Darien wasn’t available, so we used the next closest towns. Snowfall totals: Downers Grove got 21.1 inches of snow during the blizzard, while Willowbrook was buried under 20.1 inches. Blown away: Wind gusts of up to 59 mph hit Romeoville during the storm’s peak on Feb. 1, 2011. Peak hours: The most snow fell …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Check out the top stories from your area.
Check out the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Escape Attempt Thwarted at Kendall County Jail Village Racks Up Big Overtime Bill Thanks to Blizzard of 2011 Lemont Blizzard Cleanup, By the Numbers Coach Smith's Biggest Challenge: Keeping The Lady Raiders Focused Shadow Day Brings Back Memories for Chamber Members
The city spent a little more than half what it budgeted for fighting last week's record-setting storm.
The record-setting blizzard that pummeled Darien last week came with a hefty price tag—but it wasn’t nearly as costly as city officials expected it to be. Darien spent about $27,000 over the three-day period during and after the storm, Public Works Director Dan Gombac said during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Originally, he said the city estimated the storm would cost Darien about $50,000. The $27,000 price tag includes overtime pay for plow crews, as well as fees paid to outside vendors brought in to help clear the snow. Assistant City Administrator Scott Coren said Darien would apply for federal relief funds to help subsidize the costs. Some of the contractors were brought in because the City of Chicago commandeered two of Darien…
Sunday, February 6, 2011
A whole lotta snow; two juries possible in mortgage fraud trial; and more.
1. Snowmageddon 2011 It probably goes without saying that the biggest story of the week was the massive blizzard that dumped more than 16 inches of snow on the area, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. A Darien-Woodridge fire truck got stuck in a subdivision, while plows had to lead the way for Tri-State’s ambulances. Between 1,100 and 1,300 people were without power for two to four hours, according to Public Works and the Darien police. But neither the police nor any of the fire districts reported any major injuries or accidents. 2. Darien Digs Out Once the snow stopped, Darien residents hit the trails, er, Plainfield Road for some cross-country skiing. Elsewhere around town, kids built forts, neighbors shoveled out …
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Public Works Director Dan Gombac said cleanup operations have shifted focus to cul-de-sacs, sidewalks, fire hydrants and school bus stops.
By now everyone knows that Snowmageddon 2011 was one for the record books. But as of 6 a.m. Thursday morning, Public Works Director Dan Gombac said all of Darien’s streets were officially drivable. Sidewalk clearing is still a work in progress and will continue through Thursday evening, Gombac said. He said it’s still uncertain how long that process will take. By early evening Thursday, Public Works hopes to have all snow mounds cleared from within the center of cul-de-sacs. Crews had to temporarily pile snow in the middle of the circles because at the rate it was falling, they couldn’t just plow it to the side. Trucks will cart the snow piles to Hinsbrook Park. The city will also begin clearing the approximately 1,600 fire hydrants …
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Check out the top stories from nearby communities.
Here are the top stories from Patches in your area: The Blizzard Begins: Residents Hurry Home as Snow Starts to Fall Plowful Storm Update: Missing Oswego Teenager Found in Western Illinois Plainfield Man Charged with Arson in Van Fire Family of Dead Cop: 'Daughter Was Just the Apple of His Eye'
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
As many 10,000 ComEd customers in the Bolingbrook area are without power.
Updated at 9 a.m. ComEd is now reporting the Bolingbrook region has between 500 to 3,000 customers without power following last night's blizzard that dropped more than 14 inches of snow on the area. Original post. As of early this morning, as many as 10,000 ComEd customers in the Bolingbrook area are still without power because of last night's weather activity. That means of the nearly 20 regional ComEd offices, the Bolingbrook area sits among one of the hardest hit in terms of power outages. Most of the regional offices are reporting 500 to 3,000 outages—Chicago's north and south regions are reporting more than 10,000 customers without power. For a complete map, visit the ComEd outage map. By 3 a.m. this morning, more than 13 inches of …
The Darien Patch Blizzard Blog will provide up-to-the-minute coverage as a severe winter storm bears down on the area.
8:34 p.m. All's quiet as day two of Snowmageddon draws to a close. This afternoon I drove around Darien taking pictures of the aftermath. (I'll be posting those tomorrow.) The roads were clear, people were smiling—and some were even skiing. I'm so impressed with how Darien's residents pulled together to make the best of the storm, lending each other a helping hand or, as the case may be, shovel during this wicked blizzard. At one apartment complex, about a dozen people were in the parking lot helping to dig out buried cars. That cheerful and generous spirit did much to make the past couple of days a little bit brighter. Many thanks, again, to the city, fire and police staff who braved the weather to keep us all safe and comfortable. That'…
Check back throughout the day for the latest on blizzard-related cancelations and closings.
Darien Park District Community Center The Community Center will be open during normal business hours Thursday. However, both the morning and afternoon sessions of the First Step Preschool are canceled. Some other Park District programs will also be canceled Thursday. The Park District will try to notify all patrons of program cancellations, but you may also call 630-968-6400, ext. 0, after 6 a.m. District 61 (Mark DeLay, Lace and Eisenhower) School is canceled at all three district schools Thursday. District 63 (Concord and Cass) Both District 63 schools are closed Thursday. District 66 (Elizabeth Ide, Prairieview and Lakeview) Classes are canceled at all three schools Thursday. District 86 (Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central) School and…