Snowed In? Here’s How To Get Shoveling Help In Chicago
Neighborhood groups and aldermanic offices are pledging to shovel snow for residents in need.
by Joe Ward / Block Club Chicago / February 15, 2021
CHICAGO — With Chicago buried under snow, neighborhood groups and aldermanic offices are pledging to shovel for residents in need.
Snow pounded Chicago Monday, with a winter storm warning alert in effect until noon Tuesday. Snowfall totals are expected to total eight-12 inches, city officials said at a press conference Monday.
That’s on top of the more than 28 inches that fell on the city in the last 19 days, Department of Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Tully said. The city has 300 “snow vehicles” on hand to help with Monday’s storm, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
While city crews are out clearing streets and operating heating shelters, neighbors are responsible for shoveling sidewalks and walkways. The city’s 311 service once ran a program that coordinated volunteers to shovel snow for volunteers, but the program was discontinued due to a lack of volunteers.
Lightfoot asked residents to look after elderly or disadvantaged neighbors and help shoveling efforts where possible.
“Obviously, we know a thing or two about extreme weather in Chicago,” Lightfoot said. “I’m calling on all Chicagoans to please check in on your neighbors. We have to all be in this together.
Here is a list of the groups helping to shovel snow this week. This list, organized by ward and neighborhood, will be updated frequently. Read more HERE