A press release I just received from the city of Champaign. If you own property in Campustown or downtown Champaign, take note of the second paragraph:
City of Champaign Public Works staff will finish clearing City primary streets, secondary streets, cul-de-sacs and dead-ends by noon today. Crews have been working continuously 24 hours a day since Wednesday night to clear streets of the 2.4 inches of snow received from the most recent winter event. Streets will be cleared within the time frame and to the conditions set forth in the City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan. City staff would like to inform citizens, that while primary streets are cleared, slick spots may occur as cold temperatures reduce the effectiveness of salt and other deicing chemicals typically used to achieve bare pavement conditions. Secondary streets, cul-de-sacs and dead-ends will be open and passable, but they may be snow packed. Citizens are encouraged to drive cautiously and to call Public Works Operations at 403-4770 to report streets that are obstructed or impassable after noon on Friday.
The Sidewalk Snow Removal Ordinance was activated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 21. Once the Ordinance is activated, property owners in the Campustown and Downtown areas have 48 hours, or until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, to clear their sidewalks.
Emergency Snow Routes will not be activated.
Public Works staff will continue to proactively monitor forecasts and respond in a timely and efficient manner to threats of inclement weather with the goal of providing for the safety and well-being of the City’s citizens and visitors. Citizens are encouraged to monitor the City’s website (www.ci.champaign.il.us ), CGTV Cable Channel 5, local media, and NOAA’s National Weather Service (www.nws.noaa.gov ) for updated information about winter weather.