County Board Chairman Dan Cronin reports that County staff worked around the clock on Sunday and have crews out today assessing and
responding to damage resulting from yesterday’s severe thunderstorm.
“DuPage County received a substantial amount of damage to homes and businesses
Sunday afternoon. Immediately following the storm, County staff were on scene
assessing damage and clearing debris from roadways and waterways,” said Cronin.
“Residents can stay up to date on critical information regarding clean-up
efforts and shelters through Protect DuPage at www.protectdupage.org.”
The severe thunderstorm which pounded the County with 80 mph winds, penny-sized
hail and more than an inch of rain, left several County roads impassible due to
fallen power lines and large tree limbs. As of 7 p.m. Sunday, the debris had
been removed from all County roads and deemed passable for motorists.
are still 22 traffic light locations along the County’s Department of
Transportation System with power outages. Motorists should leave extra time
while traveling along the following corridors:
- County Farm Road from Birchbark Trail to Jewell
- Geneva Road/St. Charles Road
from Prince Crossing to Swift Road.
The storm also knocked down power lines across the County
leaving 45 percent of area customers without electricity. Today ComEd mobilized
60 crews to respond to system outages, repair downed power lines and other
damaged equipment. Additional crews have been requested from neighboring utilities
to assist in restoration efforts. However, as of 10 a.m., ComEd reported more
than 62,000 customers are awaiting power to be restored. Residents are reminded
that the restoration process could take several days.
to 911 Calls
County has also been responding to emergency calls from residents. For example,
during a four-hour period at the height of the storm, the Sheriff’s Department received
2,416 emergency 9-1-1 calls. According to the Department, none of the calls
were related to injuries or deaths.
Public Works and DOT
Works and the Transportation departments have employees out in the field taking
care of various issues such as trail closings and clearing debris from water
ways. The Stormwater Division reported a sharp spike in stream elevations on
Sunday, however they have receded back to normal elevations today. Residents
are encouraged to call their municipality to report stream blockages.
County Offices Closed Monday
morning the County closed most of its Wheaton campus due to continuing power
outages. Despite the closing of portions of the government complex, Cronin said
critical facility and public safety operations remain open such as the DuPage
County Sheriff’s Department, the Convalescent Center, Animal Control and the
County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
Court House was open for Circuit Court and Traffic Court until Noon.
Health Department is open and offering limited services.
will determine later today if the County Complex can open for business
information regarding emergency operations in addition to a list of cooling
centers, visit www.ProtectDuPage.org
and Protect DuPage on Facebook.