Weather roundup: Drying out, cleaning up, waiting for power
John Dwyer inspects his back yard after a tree destroyed his garage at 120 E. Madison St. in Elmhurst, Ill. High winds and storms created havoc last night with downed trees and loss of electrical power. (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / June 22, 2011)
The fire chief urged residents to stay clear of fallen power lines and to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
Village crews spread out throughout the village to clean up debris, said Public Works Director John Heinz.
“Last night after the storm some streets were blocked by fallen trees which were quickly removed by parks and public works crews called in,” Carani said. “We continue to clean up debris from the storm. We did not receive any damage reports to homes or any other unusual incidents as a result of the storm.”
No injuries were reported as a result of the storm, Carani said.
Libertyville residents in the southern portion of the village have also experienced between five and six power outages in the last couple of weeks, said Village Administrator Kevin Bowens. The cause of those outages is still unknown, Bowens said.
“We are working with Commonwealth Edison and they are conducting an engineering analysis to try and determine what the problem is. Once they do, they will meet with us and identify ways to correct the problem so that this doesn’t continue to happen,” Bowens said.
ComEd is working on a plan for improvements, Spokesman Bennie Currie said.
“The recent power outages experienced by customers in Libertyville are due to a number of factors,” Currie said.
Storm-related damage and damaged power lines due to tree limbs have been a couple of factors in some of the power outages over the last couple of weeks, Currie said. “ComEd has also conducted inspections of our equipment serving the Libertyville area and we are developing a plan to strengthen some of those facilities as part of our ongoing effort to enhance our ability to provide reliable service to customers,” Currie said.
Carey Fear had planned on meeting her new neighbors in the coming weeks, but she didn't expect them to all gather at her home Tuesday night.
Flashlights in hand, many crowded on her front lawn to see the big, old tree that had fallen atop her home. Though she was without power, Fear said she and her family, who moved in a week ago, were lucky there were no injuries or major damage. They packed their food in five camping coolers and used a generator for their basement freezer.
"We don't want to lose trees but it's better than it could be," the 40-year-old Park Ridge resident said.