The National Weather Service recognizes March 11-15, 2019, as Flood Safety Awareness Week in Illinois. To reduce damages on property that is susceptible to flooding:
Please act neighborly and responsibly and keep sidewalks shoveled, fire hydrants clear of snow and street drains clear of debris. Thank you!
In past winters, road salt has been in high demand in our area. Taking a sensible approach to salting the roads is important both economically and environmentally. Using salt efficiently reduces costs. Less salt on the roadway also means less runoff into the Fox River and less absorption into the ground.
Our Public Works Department uses both brine and salt to keep St. Charles roads free of ice and to assist the plows in clearing the snow.
School is back in session and student safety is always at the forefront of back-to-school preparations. Coordinated student safety plans developed collaboratively by the St. Charles Police Department, St. Charles Fire Department and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 officials are in place to keep students safe when they are in school.
School starts Aug. 22 in St. Charles. Drivers, please remember to watch out for children standing at bus stops, or walking or riding a bike to school--especially during morning rush hour. This helpful graphic from the Village of Antioch Police Department reminds drivers about stopping for a school bus with lights flashing and stop arm extended. Also remember it is illegal to text while driving or talk on a hand-held cell phone.
Staying Healthy and Safe After a Disaster
Recovery from the trauma of a disaster continues days or months after the event as you and your family face the emotional and psychological effects of the event. Reactions vary from person to person and may include restless sleep, nightmares, anger, fear, wanting revenge, lack of emotion, needing to keep active, loss of appetite, weight loss or gain, headaches, and mood swings.