Update on Dangerously Cold Weather in Naperville - Jan. 30, 2019, 10 a.m.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The wind chill in Naperville is currently -47F. Residents are reminded to take precautions to protect themselves and loved ones throughout the duration of this unprecedented and life-threatening cold weather. If possible, stay indoors. Wind chills this cold can freeze exposed skin in as little as five minutes. If you must go outdoors, limit your time and dress in layers with hats, scarves, face masks, and mittens or gloves.

Below is important information regarding service changes due to the cold, as well as important tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during this time. For an extensive list of cold weather tips and resources, please visit www.naperville.il.us/severecold.

Changes to Garbage and Recycling
As a reminder, garbage and recycling collection has been canceled for both today, Jan. 30, and tomorrow, Jan. 31. Collection will resume as follows:

Garbage: Residents with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday garbage collection should place their garbage containers at the curb by 6 a.m. on Friday, February 1. Crews will work to complete collection in these areas by the afternoon of Saturday, February 2.

Recycling: Residents with Wednesday collection will not receive pick up this week, but will be allowed extra containers next week. Collection for Thursday and Friday residents will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week with Thursday collection taking place on Friday and Friday collection taking place on Saturday.

The Electronics Recycling Center at the City’s Environmental Collection Campus is closed both today and tomorrow, and the Recycling Drop-Off Center is closed today. In addition, the Naperville Police Department will not be offering fingerprinting services to residents today.

Traffic Alerts
Due to a water main break, the westbound lanes of Ogden Avenue between Washington and Mill streets are currently experiencing icy conditions. Eastbound lanes are currently unaffected. Public Works crews have treated this area extensively; however, due to the dangerously cold temperatures, road salt is ineffective, and the roadway remains icy. Traffic control is in place. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution and avoid the area if possible. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until this weekend, which means this area could remain ice-covered until that time.

Frozen Pipes
It is important to take precautions to prevent pipes from freezing in your home. The City has assembled a list of tips to assess and treat frozen pipes at www.naperville.il.us/severecold. If you turn on your faucet and only a trickle of water comes out, that could be a sign that you have a frozen pipe. If a frozen pipe bursts in your home, you should shut off your water service at the main shut-off valve and contact a licensed plumber.

Residents who notice weaker than normal water pressure with no signs of frozen pipes or have no water should contact City Dispatch at (630) 420-6187.

Safety Reminders
• Both DuPage and Will counties maintain lists of facilities that act as warming centers during periods of extreme cold. Please contact the facilities before utilizing them to ensure they are open.

• This weather is deadly to animals if left outdoors. Bring your pets indoors. If you see an animal outdoors in distress, contact Naperville Animal Control at (630) 420-6178.

• This cold weather will lead to black ice on roadways, parking lots and sidewalks. Residents are advised to travel only if necessary. If you must travel, drive slow, pay close attention to road conditions, and be prepared for the possibility of encountering black ice. Remember, road salt becomes ineffective at these temperatures.

• If you are concerned about a love one’s well-being during this time, contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 to arrange for a non-emergency wellness check.

Future communications on this unprecedented weather event will be issued at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 30 and 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.