Peoria Public Radio News
9:27 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Dangerously cold with lots of blowing snow

Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers takes a break from snow blowing Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the city's Dries Lane office to talk with the city engineer.
Peoria Public Works Director Mike Rogers takes a break from snow blowing Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the city's Dries Lane office to talk with the city engineer.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio
Peoria City leaders are encouraging people to only go out if it’s a necessity. The message was delivered in an emergency press conference last night: 

The region is experiencing some of the coldest temperatures on record in the last 20 to 25 years. 30 mile per hour winds underpin the bitter cold. That not only makes it dangerous outside for people and animals, it also makes it difficult to get the roads cleared.

Two shifts each with 25 plow teams are working around the clock to keep the primary roads as clear as possible and to get residential streets passable. Mike Rogers is Peoria’s Public Works director. He says with six inches or more of snow, it could take the city up to seven days to clean and clear the streets: 

"We will be active. We have 24-hour operations which will continue until we do see a clearing here within the city."

And trash pick-up in the cities of Peoria, East Peoria and Pekin will be a day later than normal all week. 

Pekin and East Peoria also have parking bans in place. Peoria County, the city of Peoria and the state roads and interstates still have collision alerts in place.