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Peoria Workers Continue to Plow as Road Conditions Decrease

PEORIA - Plows will continue to hit primary and secondary streets throughout the night.
PEORIA - Peoria officials are warning of the steep drop in temperatures.

At an emergency press conference Sunday, city officials addressed the ongoing situation.

A parking ban is in effect for the city and garbage pick-up will be delayed by one day.

Snow plows will continue to work, clearing the primary and secondary streets first.

Officials are asking residents to be patient, and not to drive unless it's an emergency.

"Crews will be addressing all of the roads within the city of Peoria," said Public Works Director Mike Rogers. "Because of drifting conditions, it may not look like some of those roads were addressed. Please, have patience."

"It's not 'You may be exposed to dangerous wind chills,' you will be exposed," said Emergency Manager Dwain Deppolder We need to make sure that everyone takes the precaustions and dress accordingly."

The city will still operate plows throughout the night in order to clear the roads.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will also continue to run plows until no longer needed.

Despite these efforts, drivers say the roads are still very slick.

"Side roads are terrible," said Peoria resident Erin Reid. "But the main roads are pretty good. I have all-wheel drive and brand new tires. So my care is handling quite well today."

"I just spent two hours going through two feet of drift in my driveway," added Jeff Hutson of Peoria. "It was already three inches built up by the time I was done. It is the wind that's going to be killing people right now."

Authorities advise drivers to keep your gas tank at least 2/3 full.

That will help to keep the fuel line from freezing.

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