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Storm Clean Up Will Take a While



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    Full Coverage: Blizzard 2011

    The city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are working on digging themselves out from under heaps of snow.

    It's a slow process.

    • As of 3  p.m. more that 35,000 Com Ed customers were without power.
    • 2,200 flights were canceled out of O'Hare Airport.  400 from Midway.
    • Hundreds of cars are still stuck along Lake Shore Drive.
    • Freezing temperatures are on the way.
    • Chicago Public Schools will close for a second day in a row.
    • All seven city college campuses will close, as well as their day care centers.

    City officials recommended a number of tips for Chicagoans to deal with the clean up.

    • Wait until severe weather, especially the sub-zero temps that are moving in, is over before digging out.
    • Be sure space heaters are safely positioned.
    • Take care of elderly residents.
    • Don't walk in the middle of roads, especially Lake Shore Drive.
    • Take rail service, and buses.