Shorewood, WI

Cold Weather Information and Tips 

Openings and Closings

 

Village Hall will remain open. The Senior Resource Center will be closed on January 6 and 7.  

 

Parking Restrictions 

 

We are lifting overnight parking restrictions tonight, January 6, 2014 for Tuesday Morning.  Residents will need to call on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in the evening for Wednesday Morning, January 8th.

 

 

Refuse 

 

Due to the extreme weather conditions, refuse and recycling collection will be suspended Monday, January 6.  Collections will resume Tuesday, January 7 if conditions allow.  This determination will be made Monday based upon the safety of collections staff and the operability of equipment.

 

 

Tips from DPW 

 

1.Check the temperature of your water.   Normal groundwater temperatures are typically in the upper 40s and lower 50s, so check the water in your home if you are concerned about freezing pipes. To do so, you can use a simple digital thermometer. If it's getting close to 32, you should take action to prevent freezing/bursting.

 

2.Prevent the bursting of pipes by keeping water moving. In your home, this can be done by simply letting a faucet run at a low rate.  A dripping faucet wastes water, so only pipes vulnerable to freezing (ones that run through an unheated or unprotected space) should be left with the water flowing. The drip can be very slight. Where both hot and cold lines serve a spigot, make sure each one contributes to the drip, since both are subjected to freezing. If the dripping stops, leave the faucet(s) open, since a pipe may have frozen and will still need pressure relief to prevent bursting.

 

3.Check Heating Components. With the early and extended cold weather we've seen so far, heating components have been running far more than usual. Maintain furnaces to make sure they're operating correctly and replace filters more often.

 

4.   Check empty and vacant buildings. Is a neighbor or relative on vacation?  A great deal of frost or condensation on windows may indicate that a heating system has failed and water is running due to frozen and/or broken pipes.