Village, Emergency Officials Prepare for Storm
Snow plows will be out around the clock.
With more than a foot of snow expected to fall in blizzard conditions over the next two days, village officials are preparing for a long night as they try to keep roads passable.
That means using every village snowplow and manning them with every available public works employee, said T.J. Moore, deputy director of public works for Lake in the Hills.
"We have 22 trucks on the street right now,’’ Moore said Tuesday morning. "We’re trying to keep the roads as passable as we can. We’ll have people on the streets 24 hours a day to keep the roads open.’’
With snow plowing done in-house, the village uses all available manpower during a bad storm, he said.
"Employees that might be in other capacities (in the public works department) are plowing,’’ Moore said.
A plan to deal with the impending blizzard has been in place, he said.
"We’ve been preparing for this for days now. We have our shifts set up,’’ Moore said. "This is one of the more unusual ones where we’ve been talking about it for days in advance. It’s not like the surprise storms of the ‘60s and ‘70s.’’
With roads already slippery Tuesday morning, Battalion Chief for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District John Greene warned residents to be cautious.
"We’ll see a few more vehicle accidents than normal,’’ Greene said. "Just take it slow and take your time – plan for long travel times. It’s slick out there. It’s already starting to pile up.’’
To respond to an expected increased in calls, the fire district upped its staff today, he said.
And the entire Lake in the Hills Police Department staff is on notice, said Sgt. Eric Decker with the LITH Police Department.
While the police department will likely get calls for downed power lines and power outages, the majority of calls will be from accidents, Decker said.
"People should only go out if it’s absolutely necessary,’’ he said. "Regardless if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle - it’s not going to drive any better in this than a regular vehicle.’’
To make way for any planes that may need to land, the runway and taxiway at the Lake in the Hills Airport will be kept clear, said Moore, who is also manager of the LITH Airport.
"It’s a relatively confined area so we can manage it effectively,’’ he said.
But Moore doesn’t expect pilots to plan flights over the next two days.
"We don’t have regularly scheduled flights so there’s nothing to cancel,’’ he said. "A lot of our pilots fly for recreation. The pilots that would use our airport generally will not fly in weather like this – not with 40 mile an hour winds.’’
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