PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — With weather conditions continuing to persist, several local towns and cities have issued weather alerts regarding parking and potential collisions.
The City of Pekin issued a city-wide parking ban that is expected to remain until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Due to the amount of snow, the city warns residents it will take time to clear the roads.
The city is working on main roads and snow routes. They said they expect to work on secondary roads later Tuesday.
Vehicles that are in the way of plow trucks we will be ticketed and towed.
Eureka College announced offices will be closed on Tuesday. Staff will work remotely, and students will follow instructions from faculty regarding classes. All activities are canceled, and the COVID-19 Shield testing has been postponed and should be rescheduled for Wednesday.
Illinois Central College announced that in-person classes and activities will be canceled Tuesday, Feb. 16. Online classes will still take place, and employees are expected to work remotely.
Peoria Public Works has closed Forrest Hill between Lehman Road and Molleck Drive due to poor road conditions.
Bradley University announced that they will be closed due to severe weather conditions Tuesday, Feb. 16.
All on-campus and online classes are canceled, except for the online graduate nursing, online graduate counseling and EdD programs.
Key support staff are expected to report as they are able, all others should not report to work.
Michel Student Center and Geisert Dining Hall will be open with limited hours and food service.
The University said Bradley Health Services will remain open with regular hours and will still be conducting scheduled COVID-19 testing.
All class assignments and exams scheduled for Feb. 16 will be rescheduled for a future date.
The university is expected to return to regular operations Wednesday, Feb. 17.
The Salvation Army Child Care Center in Peoria announced that it will be closed due to inclement weather Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Morton School District 709 announced that it will be closed due to Inclement Weather Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Pekin Public Library announced that it will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Little Tykes Learning Adventures announced that it will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Pekin Public School District 108 announced that it will be having a remote learning day for all students Tuesday, Feb. 16. There will be no in-person attendance.
Kids Care America in East Peoria announced that it will be closed due to weather Tuesday, Feb, 16.
Pat-A-Cake Learning Academy in Washington Ill. announced that it will be closed due to weather Tuesday, Feb, 16.
Grace Presbyterian Church announced that it will be closed due to weather Tuesday, Feb, 16.
School was canceled for Illini Bluffs School District 327 due to weather Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Posh Tots Academy in Metamora announced they will be closing due to weather Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Pekin will enact a parking ban on Monday, Feb. 15 due to the severe weather conditions impacting the roads.
Starting at 6 p.m., Pekin will implement a citywide parking ban. Police are asking residents not to park their vehicles on emergency snow routes during this time.
Pekin Police will ticket vehicles parked on the street. Officers said those vehicles could also be towed.
Police are asking drivers to plan their routes ahead of time and find other places to park their vehicles while snow crews work to plow main arteries and emergency snow routes.
The Peoria Police Department issued a traffic collision alert for the City Of Peoria on Monday, Feb. 15.
City officials said all motorists involved in crashes where no one is injured and vehicles suffered minimal damage are encouraged to exchange information and report the crash to the Peoria Police Department in-person.
All reports should be made to Peoria Police within 36 hours after the alert ends. All parties involved in the crash must be present to file the report.
The police department is located at 600 SW Adams Street.
Peoria Public Schools announced that students will be learning from home Tuesday, Feb. 16.
According to the school’s Director of Public Relations and Community Engagement Thomas Bruch, the schools will be closed due to inclement weather.
Bruch said meal distribution will still be available at schools from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Illinois American Water closed part of Jefferson St. for Water Main repairs Monday, Feb. 16.
The Repairs are happening between Mary St. and Caroline St. Jefferson is being reduced to one lane.
Illinois American Water is working to reopen the closed area as soon as possible.
A collision alert has been issued for the city of East Peoria as of 7:18 a.m. Monday.
In non-injury crashes, drivers should exchange information and report the accident to the East Peoria Police Department within 36 hours.
Also, a parking ban has been issued for the city until further notice.
A collision alert has been issued for Peoria County by the County Sheriff’s Office.
Those who are involved in vehicle crashes, where no one is hurt, should exchange information and report the accident in person to the records bureau at the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible, but within 48 hours of the conclusion of the alert.
Several accidents have been reported in Peoria County along I-74 and on the McCluggage Bridge.
More details will be provided when more information is available.
The Peoria Police and Fire Departments have closed Jefferson Ave. between Kumpf and Oak after they reported a large gas leak in the area near Dozer Park Monday morning.
Officials also closed the intersection of Adams and State Street for the time being.
Peoria firefighters said they evacuated the Peoria Rescue Mission building after reports of occupants smelling gas. They said the gas leak likely originated from underneath Walnut Street.
After firefighters shut off the gas in the area, the city block containing Born Paint, Dozer Park, and Peoria Rescue Mission has no gas at the moment.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and find different routes to travel on.
(UPDATE — 11:40 a.m.) — Roads have been reopened after a gas leak near Dozer Park shut down streets in the area near the Peoria Police Department.
City of Peoria spokesperson Kristal Renken confirmed Jefferson and Adams Streets have been reopened to normal traffic at this time.
Starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, a snow parking ban will be in effect for the Town of Normal due to the heavy amount of snow and ice on the roads.
The ban will last until 1 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Vehicles will not be allowed to be parked on the streets and must be moved to a driveway, garage, or other parking lots.
Normal Police are expected to ticket vehicles still parked on the street during the ban.
Residents without a driveway can park their vehicles in the parking lots of Normal parks including Anderson, Fairview, and Underwood.
Town officials said residents should stay at least 100 feet behind salt trucks and should not try to pass salt or snow plow trucks on the road.
Illinois State University (ISU) will close at noon Monday, Feb. 15 after reports of extreme weather conditions are expected to persist throughout the rest of the day.
All classes, including in-person, hybrid, and online, starting at noon, as well as evening classes, have been canceled, but dining centers and residence halls will stay open.
Several buildings will be closed for the time being, including the Bone Student Center, Student Fitness Center, Bowling and Billiards Center, and Milner Library. COVID-19 testing sites located on-campus have also been closed.
Only weather essential personnel are expected to work during the closure. All other employees will not be required to work, regardless of work location.
ISU officials said they plan to reopen with normal operations on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
MEALS ON WHEELS:
Meals on Wheels has been canceled for Monday due to inclement weather.
The Peoria Neighborhood House made the announced on social media early Monday morning.
It is recommended that during cancellation days, clients utilize the shelf stable meals that were delivered prior.
More information can be found on their website.