As I am sure you are aware, a very strong storm hit the far north side of Chicago shortly before 3:00 p.m. today (Sunday) downing trees, tree branches, power lines and traffic signals. Rogers Park and West Ridge were especially hard hit. The photos in this email were taken by my neighbor, photographer Dave Renar.
According to ComEd, approximately 6,500 customers lost electrical power due to downed power lines. As of this writing, about 2,100 customers have had their power restored and another 4,400 are still without power. ComEd tells me that because of the widespread nature of the power outages, they don’t expect power to be fully restored for another 24 hours. Make sure you stay away from downed power lines and call 1-800-EDISON-1 (1-800-334-7661) if your power is out or you see a downed power line.
Traffic signals remain out at the following intersections: Touhy and Ridge, Pratt and Ridge and Pratt and Ashland. Crews from the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications are working to restore power to those traffic signals. In the meantime, please exercise caution if you approach those intersections.
Approximately 75 trees in Rogers Park were uprooted as a result of the high winds and countless other trees lost large branches. Crews from the City’s Bureau of Forestry will be working around the clock to remove the debris. Their priorities are removing downed trees blocking streets and sidewalks and trees that have fallen on cars. Tree debris will be picked up throughout the week.
My Ward Superintendent, Dan Murphy, has been out in the Ward since the storm surveying the damage and reporting downed trees, tree branches and power lines. Call 311 for emergencies–blocked streets, sidewalks–and for non-emergency tree cleanup, reply to this email or call my office at 773-338-5796. Make sure you provide a specific address where the tree or tree debris is located.
Finally, 24th District Police Commander Roberto Nieves has agreed to ask his officers to refrain from ticketing cars for violation of street cleaning signs until we are able to remove the tree debris from the streets.
I will keep you posted on any new developments. Thanks so much for your assistance.