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Photos: Lansing neighbors dig out of 13+ inches of snow

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (February 16, 2021) – In a February that has seen below-average temperatures and above-average snowfalls, Lansing residents woke up to a fresh foot or more of powder Tuesday morning. Neighbors came together to help dig out and move on.

Floret Daniels was concerned about fire hydrants becoming inaccessible because of the accumulating snow. She grabbed a shovel and started walking toward the hydrant at 181st Street and Burnham Avenue. A passing truck stopped and asked if she needed help. When she explained what she was trying to do, the driver offered to take care of it for her. Davin Parrent, of Lynwood, cleared snow away from the hydrant while Daniels snapped a photo. (Photo: Floret Daniels)
Amy Todd is relieved to have a snowblower this year, her first one. After clearing her own driveway and sidewalk, she also cleared the sidewalk in front of her neighbor’s house, “Just to help out.” (Photo: Amy Todd)
During a snow event, it’s nice to know someone who owns his own Bobcat… (Photo: Cheryl Mabry)
…And it’s nice when that Bobcat owner takes care of the whole block. (Photo: Cheryl Mabry)

The average amount of snow Chicago sees in February is 9.1 inches, according to So far in February 2021 Chicago has seen over 19″ of snow. The record snowfall in February happened in 2011: 29″.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Kudos to Floret Daniels & David Parrent for taking direct citizen action to clear the snow blocked fire hydrant! What direct actions have the candidates in the upcoming April 6th Lansing Municipal Election taken to address this urgent fire safety issue which affects all Lansing citizens & businesses?

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