City-Wide Snow Emergency

To Go Into Effect at  5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 1st

The City of DeKalb announced today that it has put into effect a city-wide snow emergency from 5:00 p.m. Tuesday until further notice. According to the National Weather Service, conditions will deteriorate rapidly with travel likely to become virtually impossible at times Tuesday night until mid-day Wednesday. “We ask that residents stay home and off of City streets unless you have an extreme emergency,” Chief Bill Feithen said as part of a city news release issued Tuesday morning. “If this forecast holds true, our snow plows will not be able to keep up with the falling snow. We will be challenged to keep the main roads open. Our ability to get to and keep the side streets open will be significantly delayed,” said City Manager Mark Biernacki.

As part of a snow emergency declaration, residents are prohibited from parking their vehicles on City streets until after the plows can clear the snow. “We recognize that in some locations of the City, the ability to park off of the street is limited. But, the difficult job of clearing the snow is made more difficult if the streets are full of vehicles.” said Feithen. “We ask that citizens take the necessary steps to ensure their vehicle is not ticketed or towed.” Alternate off street parking lots that are available include downtown public lots 3, 5, and 9; NIU lots 2, A, B, and E (near Anderson Hall); Hopkins Park (north lot); Sports and Rec Center (south lot), Haish Gym; and the parking lots at Clinton-Rosette, Huntley, and Littlejohn schools. The Police Department can be contacted at its non- emergency number (815/748-8400) for more information on parking restrictions during this snow emergency.

In the event of power outages, City Hall at 200 South Fourth Street will serve as a warming center. Should significant numbers of citizens arrive at City Hall, then the Red Cross will open up other locations that can better serve residents for a longer term stay.

About Gracie Mott

Grace Mott is an NIU alumni with a BS in Family Social Services graduating with high honors. She began her working career as a Juvenile Probation Officer, then was in charge of the teenage runaways through the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau. She owned and operated a campground in southern DeKalb County from 1990 to 2000. Since then, she does both sales and fulfillment for DeKalb County Online's parent company, eWorldLinx. eWorldLinx also has made and maintains over 100, mostly local, business websites.Gracie has served as Board President of the DeKalb County YSB; on the Board of Directors of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum and for the DeKalb County Building and Development Association.
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  1. Thanks for posting this on FB…. have you been to the City of DeKalb website? What a joke… a scrolling banner that gives no information! You can only access the snow-emergency announcement by “Click HERE…” to maximize the window…. stupid, stupid, stupid… What if there were a catastrophic emergency… couldn’t find out about it easily there…