Public Works Department

Homewood fire hydrants go red

September 27, 2016 - 11:39
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The leaves will be turning red soon, but Homewood fire hydrants are way ahead of them. The new color for hydrants has caught the eyes of some residents. Public Works Director John Schaefer said the hydrants have been yellow for a long time, at least several decades.

Relatively mild winter means less salt on roads, fewer overtime hours

February 05, 2016 - 18:48
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Last February started with the Super Bowl blizzard of 2015, the fifth largest snowstorm in Chicago-area weather history. Seventeen inches of snow fell in two days. In Flossmoor, public works crews plowed streets for 44 straight hours. This February began with a freaky thunderstorm that dumped nearly two inches of rain on the H-F area in a 24-hour period. That makes a big difference for local public works departments. 

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