Polar vortex forces another day of cancellations

Classes, mail delivery, garbage collection disrupted by bitter cold

Framed by the icicle-encrusted bridge between Coal Dock and Fishermen's parks in Port Washington, Jim Dembiec of Pewaukee fished early Thursday morning. The temperature was -20, with wind chills between -30 and -40. A wind-chill warning through noon Thursday forced area schools to again cancel classes. For most school districts, Thursday's school closing was the fourth since Wednesday, Jan. 23. The U.S. Postal Service also suspended mail delivery for the second consecutive day Thursday. Photo by Bill Schanen IV
Ozaukee Press staff

Many hardy Port Washington residents were once again stuck home Thursday as the polar vortex kept wind chills in the frigid zone.

The Port Washington-Saukville School District and St. John XXIII School were again closed Thursday, but classes were expected to resume Friday.

The Niederkorn Library was closed as well because the heating system failed. Officials said the library at 316 W. Grand Ave. would reopen when the heat was back on, something they hoped would occur Thursday afternoon.

Water department crews were working on water main breaks at three locations — Benjamin Street, Walters Street and Briarwood Lane.

Street department crews will remove snow from sidewalks in downtown beginning at 2 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4. They had originally hoped to do that Thursday or Friday, Jan. 31 and Feb.1.

The Post Office was closed again Thursday, and garbage collection was once again cancelled.

Crews from Advanced Disposal picked up Monday’s garbage on Tuesday, but had to cancel service on Tuesday and Wednesday  because they couldn’t get their trucks started and feared for the safety of crews that had to pick up bags.

There will be no pickup this week at homes normally serviced on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said.

Thursday’s regular collection in Saukville was rescheduled to Friday, and Friday collection in Port Washington was pushed back to Saturday.

Residents whose refuse is normally picked up on Tuesday and Wednesday will be able to place any additional garbage in bags alongside their carts for pickup next week, officials said. 

No bulk items will be picked up, and no bagged recycling will be collected at those homes.

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