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City Operations Update - January 30 and 31

Post Date:01/30/2019 8:59 AM

Below is an update on City operations and weather-related issues . For information on facilities, services, warming centers and more, see the City's Extreme Weather Update.

UPDATE - 8:30 a.m., Thursday, January 31

It was a relatively quiet night around Evanston.

47 people were housed at the emergency shelter overnight. Many volunteers helped out.

Levy Center and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will be open for drop-in activities again today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be used as warming centers.

Fire Department responded to 41 calls for service on Wednesday. Most were ordinary calls not related to cold.

No Public Works issues to report at this time. Crews will be on hand for snow operations this afternoon.

No additional briefings are scheduled today. Updates will be provided as needed.

UPDATE - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 30

ComEd crews have restored power to all affected properties. There are no power outages to report at this time.

Fire Department responded to 18 calls today.

A few private properties have reported frozen water services and are working to fix.

There are no major Public Works issues to report. Crews will be on hand tomorrow afternoon to prepare for an expected two to three inches of snow in the evening.

There are no current issues to report at City facilities or Library locations.

20 community members have participated in drop-in activities at the Levy Center and approximately 40 have participated at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, primarily middle school and high school students.

The elevator is still out at Howard CTA station. Purple line delays continue.

The next regular update will provided on Thursday at approximately 9 a.m.


UPDATE - 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, January 30

Current weather forecasts call for extreme cold temperatures and wind chills to persist into Thursday morning. Two to three inches of snow is expected on Thursday evening as temperatures begin to rise.

The Fire Department has responded to 14 calls for service so far today.

Six community members are staying warm at the Levy Center and two children are participating in drop-in activities at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

Several entrance/exit gates at the Sherman Plaza parking garage are stuck. Staff have opened them manually and are allowing vehicles to enter and exit. A burst water pipe at Optima Towers has not impacted parking at the Maple Avenue garage. 

All outstanding heating issues at City facilities have been resolved. There are no major Public Works issues to report at this time.

The elevator at the CTA Davis station has been repaired, but the elevator at the Howard Street station is now out of service.


UDPATE - 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, January 30

ComEd is reporting three power outages in Evanston, each affecting fewer than 100 customers:

  • 41 customers in the 23&2400 blocks of Bradley, 900 blocks of Pitner, McDaniel & Fowler.  Off since 4 a.m.
  • 21 customers in the 900 block of Noyes and 2200 block of Maple.  Off since 7 a.m.
  • 1 customer at 2527 Oakton.  Off since 7 a.m.

Police Department and Health & Human Services Department are assisting affected families with transportation and other resources, as needed.

Several small water main breaks have been reported, affecting primarily single-family residences. City crews have been dispatched to fix.  

There are no major issues to report at City facilities. Staff continues to monitor all facilities and address issues as they occur.

The Fire Department received 13 calls for service overnight, including a minor greenhouse fire at Home Depot.

Transportation networks are operating with expected residual delays. The elevator at the CTA Davis station is currently out of service.

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the Levy Center are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for drop-in activities for children ages 5 to 14 years old. The Levy Center will also host drop-in activities for seniors. Both facilities can be used as a warming shelter.

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