Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Plainfield area has seen a half dozen brush fires in the last two weeks, possibly caused by a discarded cigarette or other preventable source.
A half dozen Plainfield-area brush fires in the last two weeks can be credited to what meterologists are calling ideal conditions for wildfires, Plainfield Fire District Deputy Chief Jon Stratton said. In fact, it's something of a "perfect storm" right now given the extremely dry conditions, low humidity and gusting winds, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Rodriguez, based in the agency's Romeoville office. The weather service has been issuing "red flag" fire danger alerts for the last several days, Rodriguez said, and that will likely continue through the end of the week. Rain is not in the forecast until Friday, he said. Typically, the Plainfield area has had nearly an inch of rain by April 9 but this year there's only …
Monday, February 14, 2011
About a third of the people affected by blizzard power outages didn't get the emergency warning because they don't have landlines, officials say.
Some Plainfield residents who don’t have a landline telephone were left out in the cold during the recent blizzard. A reverse 911 phone chain that sent an automated recorded phone message warning residents about possible power outages and advising them how to get to shelter did not reach more than a third of Plainfield households because they only have cell phones, Plainfield officials say. The reverse 911 system, a Will County-sponsored emergency program, automatically sends pre-recorded messages during crisis situations. But there is one glitch: If you only have a cell phone, the system doesn’t have your number. “It’s one of those situations where you need to keep your old technology,” Village Manager Brian Murphy said. An old-…
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Residents have long complained about the danger posed by the bend in River Road near Renwick, particularly since there is no warning to drivers.
Look for new road signs warning drivers about “The Curve.” The sharp turn on River Road, just north of Renwick Road, has been a hazard for decades. There were three accidents there over the course of a couple of hours a week ago Thursday after just a light dusting of snow, neighbors report. Plainfield Township highway officials have ordered a new directional arrow curve sign and one posting the speed limit at 15 miles per hour. The new signs should be installed next week, highway department secretary Mary Domanus said.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Indian Boundary Road is closed, on-street parking prohibited and other precautions in the works in anticipation of storm that could dump a foot and a half of snow.
Are we finally to be walloped with the snowstorm the likes of which we haven't seen since Jan. 2, 1999? It certainly looks that way, based on the National Weather Service's most recent forecast of an impending blizzard and the preparations being made by Plainfield village and fire officials. Indian Boundary Road between Renwick and County Line roads has been closed because of its past history of blowing and drifting snow during windy winter storms. All on-street parking in the village will prohibited until 6 a.m. Friday. According to Amy De Boni, the village's community relations director, officials from the police department, fire protection district, public works department and emergency management agency have developed contingency plans…
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Be prepared: The National Weather Service is predicting snow, plunging temperatures and strong winds over the next few days.
Soupy Saturday is expected to turn into Snowy Sunday, with rain turning to sleet and snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service. A significant winter storm is expected to move into the Chicago area Saturday night into Monday. The storm was dumping snow across the Great Plains and is expected to change from rain and sleet into snow by Sunday morning, according to the weather service. The northern suburbs are expected to get more snow, but between 2 to 5 inches of snow are possible in the area. Temperatures are expected to drop and winds could increase significantly, with gusts in excess of 45 mph. Anyone planning to spend significant amounts of time outdoors Sunday should be prepared to dress for temperatures that are …
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Fake inspectors tell business owners to use a "confirmation" code during inspections and via automated calls tied to a fraud scheme, officials say.
The Will County Health Department's Division of Environmental Health has issued a warning about a scam aimed at restaurants and other food service businesses. The scammers will contact restaurateurs, claiming to be health inspectors or other government officials. Once a fake identity has been established, business owners are informed about a "new inspection procedure." There is no new inspection procedure, and the scammer is really trying to set up an account linking the restaurant with a national online auction service. If an account is successfully established, the verification information can be used in conjunction with other fraudulent schemes. The scammer provides a numeric code and instructs the restaurant operator to provide the …