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Colder temperatures in forecast; crews again ready to salt roads

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 11:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT
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(Kyle Grillot – kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Algonquin Public Works employees Brad McFeggan and Frank Sedivy work Thursday to clear drains along Harrison Street. “Pretty much everyone in public works is out right now,” McFeggan said. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory Thursday for much of northeastern Illinois, including portions of southern McHenry County.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Thursday was water and Friday could be wood.

Strong winds that brought on a wind advisory until 3 p.m. Friday also are expected to blow in some colder weather. Temperatures are expected to slowly decrease from 30 degrees Friday to single digits by next Thursday, prompting public works crews around the county to load up salt trucks again and prevent the large amount of moisture from becoming ice.

Paul Ruscko, director of Woodstock Public Works, said Thursday's moisture made for a difficult morning with crews attempting to clear as much of the heavy snow and slush off the roads before the traffic rush.

As the heavy snow was pushed to the side of the road, the weight of the slush was so great it caused some mailboxes to collapse and blocked some sewer grates, Ruscko said.

"You never know how the snow is going to come off the end of that blade," he said of the plows. "It was really heavy. We had crews still out there [past 5 p.m.] clearing drains."

Victor Ramirez, director of public works for Crystal Lake, said crews cleared about 40 to 50 different inlets and grates to prevent standing water that accumulated in some areas. Ramirez said major flooding was avoided and no residential flooding was reported.

He said Thursday night's strong winds could result in some power outages, but was focused on removing any remaining slush from roads and getting salt out early to beat colder temperatures.

"We're actually doing OK," Ramirez said. "We'll make all our backup generators at our stations are functioning, but the wind storm may be nothing."

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