Tuesday closings: Hinsdale High School District 86, District 181, area schools
Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, Butler Elementary District 53, Maercker Elementary District 60, Burr Ridge Elementary District 180 and Hinsdale High School District 86, along with St. Isaac Jogues School, announced they will be closed on Tuesday due to the continuing forecast for dangerous weather conditions.
District 86 officials said all district and school buildings will be closed. No transportation, before or after school activities or facility rentals will be available.
The shops in the Burr Ridge Town Center were closed Monday, though the restaurants remained open.
Hinsdale is operating the Hinsdale Memorial Building, at 19 E. Chicago Ave. and the Hinsdale police and fire stations, at 121 Symonds Drive, as temporary warming centers for residents who do not adequate heat at home. These are temporary warming centers with restroom facilities and telephone service; however, no one will be allowed to sleep overnight at these locations.
The Hinsdale post office opened at its normal time.
There have been quite a few people coming in to the lobby since it opened at 8 a.m., post office worker Buzz Swartz said. “I was surprised.”
Swartz drove to the post office from his Darien home about 6:30 a.m.
“The roads were pretty good. I took Plainfield Road to Garfield,” Swartz said. “Even the lot was plowed.”
The parking lot on the south side of Symonds Drive and the employee lot on the north side of the post office both were plowed, Swartz said.
Walgreens, including the pharmacy, in Grant Square, is open its usual hours today, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Cosi restaurant in the downtown Hinsdale Metra station also is open as usual.
“Business has been pretty steady,” employee Juliana Filjanovska said about 9:15 a.m.
Her five-minute commute from Clarendon Hills took just five minutes longer.
“Madison and 55th (streets) were perfect,” Filjanovska said.
Corner Bakery, on the corner of Hinsdale Avenue and Garfield Street, delayed its opened until 10 a.m., but expects to stay open until its usual closing time at 9 p.m. An employee who drove to the restaurant from LaGrange Park, taking 31st Street and York Road, reported the roads were “all bad.”
She was able to drive only 35 mph on 31st, where the speed limit is 40 mph, she said.
George Franco, director of Hinsdale’s Public Services Department, said his workers have been plowing and salting streets and parking lots on 12-hour shifts since New Year’s Eve.
“The boys are tired,” he said, but “everything is open.”
Still, Franco advised, “Please, stay off the roads,” if you don’t have to go somewhere.
Drifting snow was a problem in some spots, such as near Robbins Park, at Sixth and Grant streets and Seventh and Grant, Franco said.
The village will spend more on salt than budgeted, but at this point, with the below zero temperatures, the salt ceases to be effective, he said.
On Wednesday or Thursday, when temperatures rise, workers will remove piled snow from the downtown.
Crews responded to two water main breaks in Hinsdale, not including the one in Hinsdale Middle School. Workers were able to either repair the break or divert the flow, so that no one is without water, Franco said.
Residents are encouraged to tune in your radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and further emergency information.
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