The Aurora Fire Department is asking residents to "adopt" a fire hydrant in their neighborhood and help dig it out on this snowy Wednesday.
There are 10,000 hydrants in the western suburb and crews only have so much time to dig all of them out with so many back-to-back storms. In the case of a fire, firefighters would like to spend the critical time when they first get to the scene on saving those stuck inside and dousing the flames, instead of digging out the hydrants they didn't get to.
A 3 ft. area around the hydrant needs to be clear for firefighters. Aurora Fire Chief John Lehman joined Good Day Chicago to explain why he and his crews would greatly appreciate residents help.
Palatine fire officials made a similar plea during the Chicago area's last bout of significant snowfall.