The City of Evanston worked through the weekend to clean up after the severe storm that hit the area on the afternoon of Sept. 5.
“We currently have nearly 90 separate locations with tree issues,” said Assistant Director of Public Works/Forestry Paul D’Agostino on Monday. “They range from entire streets blocked by downed trees, to limbs blocking alleys, sidewalks and streets, to broken and hanging limbs. We also have two locations where trees have begun to uproot and are leaning but have not yet fallen. These two trees are being addressed today.”
The City had crews out Sunday night until 9 p.m. clearing the main streets that were blocked, Mr. D’Agostino said. “We have three crews out again today to address the most serious problems and to try and get all streets passable. We will also try to address the hanging limbs where we can, but I suspect there are many more of these that have not yet been reported by residents. We will conduct a street-by- street inspection beginning Monday to make sure we address all the hanging limbs that could cause damage or injury.”
He added, “I suspect it will take most of next week to thoroughly clean up everything that was damaged during the storm and remove all the hanging limbs.”
Utilities Director Dave Stoneback reported Sept. 8 that there were still approximately 750 accounts in Evanston without power. The majority of them (645) were along Asbury between Oakton south to the CTA tracks.
ComEd also had crews out working. The utility said most of the outages were due to tree branches pulling down electric wires.
Another storm casualty were the traffic lights at Ridge, Green Bay and Emerson, which were on the blink for several days, including during the hours of increased traffic congestion during the Northwestern football game Saturday afternoon.