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Below Zero Weather Hits Edgewater, Message From The Alderman

cold-22With temperatures in the single digits in Edgewater, it will still feel well below zero most of today. The bitter cold will continue throughout the night and temps will rise a bit tomorrow. A second round of below zero weather is expected on Sunday.

There is a nearby community warming shelter at 845 W. Wilson Ave. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shelter is one of six run by the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) during the winter months. Click here for more info on the shelters. 

Alderman Harry Osterman’s office sent out the following statement:

Dear Neighbor:

As we experience the first frigid day of the winter season, please be sure to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of your family and neighbors.

Winter preparation information is available at alertchicago.com, including links to other local, state and federal resources. Please check on any neighbors with disabilities or senior citizens to make sure they have adequate heat during this cold spell. You may also call 311 to request a well-being check by DFSS. Please do not allow your pet to stay outside any longer than necessary during extreme temperatures.

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Community Service Centers located throughout the city that double as warming centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. These Community Service Centers are open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The closest site for 48th Ward residents is located at 845 W. Wilson Ave.

The Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to act now to make sure pipes in homes are properly insulated and not exposed to freezing air. This includes pipes in garages and unheated areas of the home. If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open flame to thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad. In addition, with the ground starting to freeze, it’s recommended to let a basement water faucet drip to prevent frozen pipes.

It is also recommended to allow your vehicle to run for a few minutes before you go to bed, to ensure it will start without trouble in the morning.

Click here for more information on winter preparedness. 


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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