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Monday, 06 January 2014 11:09

Outdoor workers dig in for brutal cold snap

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Sabrina Zickert, a city of Beloit employee, is bundled against the cold Monday as she clears traffic signs knocked over during last week’s ice storm. Sabrina Zickert, a city of Beloit employee, is bundled against the cold Monday as she clears traffic signs knocked over during last week’s ice storm. Dan Plutchak/staff

STATELINE NEWS -- Today, the high temperature should reach minus 12 degrees. The heat wave comes tomorrow. Tuesday’s high is expected to be minus 1. That's how the week has begun as the worst cold snap of the season grips the Stateline.

Area schools closed Monday, including Beloit, South Beloit, Hononegah , and Clinton, as well as many local businesses.

Roscoe schools in the Kinnikinnick School District were closed both Monday and Tuesday.

Beloit city employees were on the road with their usual trash pickup schedule, while some maintenance workers repaired damaged traffic signs from the ice storm a week earlier. For those who work outside, dressing properly was the key to survival.

The cold temperatures also made it difficult for firefighters.

As the temperature began to dive last Sunday, crews from 11 departments battled a fire at Axium Foods on Oak Grove Avenue in South Beloit.

The fire started about 6 a.m. in a production area, and by the time it was under control had cause about $1 million in damage, officials said.

For Beloit residents with limited heating resources, several local churches have opened their doors as warming shelters.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, is operating an evening warming shelter from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. through Thursday, and the Overflowing Cup is operating a daytime warming center from 8 am.. to 7 p.m.

The effort is being coordinated by the Rock County Emergency Management Office, The American Red Cross, Messiah Lutheran Church and The Over flowing Cup and St. John's Lutheran Church.

The shelters are run by volunteers for those in the community who are homeless, have limited heating resources or are suddenly without heat. To volunteer, call 608-774-8892.

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