Special Weather Alert

February, 15, 2021

Please review the below information about snow and cold weather. No overnight parking passes will be issued for tonight, Monday February 15. Always stay alert of severe weather - visit the National Weather Service for more.

Snow Reminders

  • Parking is not permitted on Village streets for eight hours following a snowfall of two inches or more.
  • Village code requires residents and business owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of and adjacent to their property within 24 hours after an event.
  • Snow or ice frozen on sidewalks that cannot be removed without injury to the pavement should be treated with an abrasive material until weather permits further clean-up.
  • Snow removal contractors are prohibited from using snow blowers between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
  • The placement of snow or ice on any Village owned street, alley or sidewalk is prohibited.
  • Seniors who need snow removal assistance should contact the Senior Task Force at 708-613-1642 or Public Works Director John Anderson at janderson@vrf.us or 708-714-3550
  • For more information, you can view the Village’s guide to snow removal for information regarding Village regulations and safety tips. For regular updates on statewide road conditions, visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com.

Cold Weather Tips

  • During periods of extreme cold and dangerous wind chills, residents are urged to limit time outdoors and check on neighbors, especially those who may need assistance. 
  • Keep garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in your garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing. This may add a small cost to your water bill but it can prevent costly repairs and inconvenient disruptions to your water service.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home. Set your thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55° F.