GLEN ELLYN – From 2 p.m. Dec. 31 until 7 a.m. Jan. 3, Glen Ellyn Public Works crews were hard at work, responding to the storm that brought several inches of snow to the area.
Plows ran nonstop to remove snow and salt was applied to all village streets five times during the event, according to Public Works Director Julius Hansen.
"Our goal is to make the streets safe and passable 24/7," he said.
Because of the storm's duration, extreme cold temperatures and large amount of lake-effect snow, it was particularly difficult to fight.
"It had a lot of unusual characteristics that all combined into a pretty challenging event," Hansen said.
At the request of the Glen Ellyn Police Department, Public Works applied salt to Roosevelt Road between Route 53 and I-355 during the storm event. That roadway is the responsibility of the Illinois Department of Transportation, but drivers were having trouble in the area due to icy road conditions, so Public Works stepped in, he said.
After several hours of work in cold conditions, the department's vehicles underwent some maintenance Jan. 3, Hansen said.
The village has ordered 500 tons of salt to replenish its supply. Public Works currently has 250 tons of salt in storage, he said.
Here is a recap of the snow storm by the numbers, according to the Public Works Department and www.weather.com:
1. 9.8 inches of snow landed in Glen Ellyn.
2. About 12 plows cleaned village streets.
3. Two hundred fifty tons of salt were used by Public Works.
4. Sixty five hours of work were put in by Public Works full-time and seasonal staff.
5. 1,875 cubic yards of snow was removed from the central business district between 12 and 6 a.m. Jan. 2 and 3.