Fallen tree on Sherman Ave, between Lincoln St. and Colfax St. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Trees are down, roads are blocked and power is out in various parts of Evanston. 

A stretch of Sherman Ave, between Lincoln St. and Colfax St, is temporarily shut down after a large tree was knocked over in the storm. The tree wrecked a parked car and tore up part of the sidewalk. 

Fallen trees have damaged homes, cars, and public property, and smaller branches litter the streets. 

The storm also knocked down power lines, creating power outages across the city. ComEd workers scramble to restore power to approximately 3,200 Evanston customers, who remain without power, as of 9 a.m. this morning. 

ComEd estimates that 80 percent of impacted customers throughout its service territory will have service restored by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, but that it may take until Friday afternoon for service to be restored to all customers.

Report/Track Power Outages

Community members can report and track the status of power outages using ComEd’s Outage Map or by calling 1-800-EDISON-1. 

If you see downed power lines, leave the area immediately and then call ComEd. Representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Report Downed Trees, Branches and Non-Emergency Issues

The City has received reports of more than 200 locations with tree damage. Forestry crews have been working overnight to clear streets and sidewalks and address any hazards. Public Works staff, including Traffic and Streets Divisions, continue to respond to reports of malfunctioning traffic signals and other issues.

Downed trees and limbs, traffic signal issues, street flooding, and other non-emergency issues can be reported to Evanston 311 online at www.cityofevanston.org/311 or by calling/texting 847-448-4311. Evanston 311 opened late on Tuesday evening and early on Wednesday to handle the high volume of calls and requests; however, callers may still experience longer than normal wait times.

Always dial 911 to report an emergency.

Cooling Centers Open

Community members without electricity are encouraged to take advantage of the following public cooling centers: 

Robert Crown Community Center and Library, 1801 Main St.
Open until 9 p.m.

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.
Open until 7 p.m.

Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
Noon to 6 p.m. 

As a reminder, all visitors must wear a face covering while at these facilities. 

The Chandler-Newberger Center is currently without power, and programs and activities at this facility have been canceled.

Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...