With the forecasted threat of severe weather today (Friday, March 31), the City of Peoria Department of Public Works is reminding residents to be mindful of the ever-changing weather conditions and their surroundings.
The increased likelihood of severe weather includes the risk of damaging winds, lightning, heavy rain, large hail, and possibly tornadoes. This system appears to be highly impactful for many people in the Central Illinois area.
Public Works has been preparing for this upcoming severe weather system for the past few days. When it is safe to do so, crews will address the emerging needs throughout the City. Public Works staff will utilize heavy equipment, trucks, barricades, portable stop signs, and power tools to keep the main arterial streets open.
Obstructed residential streets will be addressed after the main streets are cleared and opened.
Citizens needing to immediately report debris blocking streets and sidewalks, or inoperable traffic signals can do so at 309-494-8850. To report downed power lines, contact Ameren Illinois immediately at (800)-755-5000.
Stay far away from downed power lines and never attempt to drive over or move a downed line. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
Residents can also file service requests through Peoria Cares. There are three ways to access Peoria Cares:
• Phone: 309-494-2273 from Monday-Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm
• City Website: On the Peoria Cares page
• Apps: Available for iPhones or Androids. Please note that the older version of the Peoria Cares app will be disabled on April 3. Community members currently using that app will receive an error message after that date.