Vermilion County agencies respond to weather

Vermilion County agencies respond to weather

DANVILLE — Vermilion County students get to enjoy another day of winter break Tuesday as cold temperatures and blowing snow continue to make travel difficult, even dangerous.

But the extra time off likely ends then, as most officials anticipate schools to be open Wednesday.

Danville schools Superintendent Mark Denman said the hope is to be back Wednesday, because the forecast doesn't call for dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

Elsewhere in Vermilion County:

— Danville city offices were open Monday and will be open again Tuesday, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.

— Vermilion County government offices and the courthouse were closed Monday but plan to be open Tuesday, according to Vermilion County Board Chairman Gary Weinard, who made the decision along with Sheriff Pat Hartshorn and Circuit Court Judge Craig DeArmond.

— Danville Mass Transit will resume bus service in Danville Tuesday morning. The transit agency will operate the regular weekday schedule for most fixed-route buses that run within the city limits of Danville. However, conditions will cause cancellation of services in outlying areas. DMT will not operate routes to Georgetown, Champaign, the Heights-South Danville, Tilton and Lynch, and won't run services tonight.

Mass transit officials said expected low temperatures and wind chills will cause frostbite and hypothermia very quickly, so only essential travel is recommended, particularly in the morning. Riders are advised to dress appropriately and expect that buses will run behind schedule due to road conditions.

— The Danville public works department suspended all garbage collection until further notice. The Brickyard Landfill will be closed today, according to city officials; once it reopens, public works will issue a revised garbage collection schedule that should have all routes complete by the end of Saturday. Special waste collections for large items and major cleanups will be rescheduled so city crews can focus on household waste, and the scheduled Christmas tree and yard waste collection programs are also suspended until next week.

An announcement will be made by 5 p.m. today, regarding a revised garbage collection schedule.

The Vermilion County Emergency Management Agency has spent the last two days assisting law enforcement with stranded motorists across the county, director Ted Fisher said. But overall, he said, the county has been pretty lucky, with no major problems.

"I think people have heeded the warning pretty well," he said.

It helped that many residents who didn't have to work Monday stayed home, Hartshorn said. Deputies have been answering routine calls of stranded motorists on some county roads that remained impassable late Monday, he added.

Other than stranded motorists, Fisher said his agency had been closely monitoring about 600 residents in the Georgetown and Ridge Farm area who were out of power Sunday night due to downed power lines. But power was restored quickly enough Monday morning that it didn't cause any other issues, he said.

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