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Oak Lawn's Polar Vortex By The Numbers

A by-the-numbers look at the village's response to recent weather events, including crash reports, water main breaks, overtime and more.

Oak Lawn Public Works racked up 1,420 additional man hours during the polar vortex events of Jan. 1-13.
Oak Lawn Public Works racked up 1,420 additional man hours during the polar vortex events of Jan. 1-13.

Oak Lawn's elected officials had high praise for the village’s public works department during Tuesday's village board meeting, despite online complainers.

Referring to the village manager's ditch driving incident in Palos Park on Dec. 12, Tr. Tim Demond (Dist. 1) quipped that Oak Lawn’s streets were so clear of snow that “Larry Deetjen was able to keep on the road.”

READ, 'Oak Lawn Improves Online Transparency Grade With New Website'

Lt. Art Clark, of the Oak Lawn Police Department’s Emergency Management Agency, wrapped up the village’s response to this month's snow and subzero weather in a PowerPoint presentation. 

The following numbers cover the period of Jan. 1 to Jan. 13, unless noted: 

OLPD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2014: 1,569

OLPD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2013:  2,141 (for comparison)

OLFD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2014: 371

OLFD calls for service between Jan. 1-13, 2013:  331 (for compairson)

Crash calls/reports filed in 2014: 123 calls, 93 reports filed

Crash calls/reports filed in 2013: 104 calls, 91 reports filed

Water main breaks: 15 (all repaired)

Frozen residential water lines: 31

Additional man hours expended by streets and sewers: 1,420

Homes affected by brief power outage Jan. 5: 330 homes

Time it took to restore power: Approximately 40 minutes


Scott P Steen January 17, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Bob personal attacks on people who dont agree with with the career posters seems to be a norm around here . Its really sad . Im glad I was raised properly .
EOMessage January 17, 2014 at 07:44 PM
John Artis or Andy Skoundrianos you are the one on meds. You track everyone's comments and think you know who the commenters are. YOu are the saddest human being on the planet. The truth is that Sandra Bury has selective transparency. You are a fool Andrew.
EOMessage January 17, 2014 at 07:46 PM
I agree with Barney that it is disrespectful for a trustee to joke about the Manager accident. Downplaying it was what Bury was advised to do. The people of Oak Lawn aren't as dumb as she thinks they are. Unlike Andy who is her blind deaf and dumb follower. Andy you are like a lost puppy hounding Larry Lorraine and Sandra.
andy skoundrianos January 17, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Eom, I have no problem commenting on the people you blindly support the fact is more people agreed with me last time and you guys still have a hard time dealing with that. I use my name and my words maybe you should try it sometime

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