City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz provided the following information about the Halloween day and evening storm, which brought snowflakes and high winds to the area.
On Nov. 1, various City divisions and department gave the following reports: The forestry division reported that 10 trees were downed and 30 limbs damaged. The street and sanitation division reported that two street lights were downed and the wheelchair access ramp at Lighthouse Beach was damaged. The Fire and Life Safety division responded to 51 calls related to trees and to a “few scattered power issues.”
The Police reported that a person trying to go swimming was removed from the lakefront.
The City also reported that a large silver maple careened off the main roof of the Grosse Point Lighthouse museum and landed squarely on the north wing, which contains an office and public exhibit area. There is significant damage to the structure.
“This is a big setback to our large-scale building preservation efforts completed by the Lighthouse Park District earlier this year and in 2013,” said District director, Donald J. Terras. The District was recently recognized with awards from the Evanston Preservation Commission for work in preserving and interpreting the lighthouse structures, a National Historic Landmark and widely used symbol for Evanston.
Along the lakefill at Northwestern University, large chunks of rip-rap (the large stone blocks often painted by NU students) were thrown 15-20 feet onto the grassy area near the pedestrian walk – about 15 feet higher than the level of the lake.
The next day, Nov. 1, was a beautiful fall day, and City crews began to work to restore the dog beach by removing the damaged fence and installing a new one, re-grading the sand and removing washed up debris. The dog beach was reopened on Nov. 4.