Storms and lightning that raged through Forest Park Tuesday night left some without power, while knocking down large branches and at least two trees.
On the 600 block of Circle Avenue, the storm knocked a tree onto the porch roof of a home, resulting in serious damage. The area was currently blocked off and being tended to by private crews, because it is a residence.
Starting Tuesday around 9 p.m., Public Works crews responded to another fallen tree in a park at Jackson Boulevard and Marengo Avenue. The crews worked to clean the debris until 1 a.m., Mayor Anthony Calderone said.
“A significant part of [storm response] is clean up and that requires a significant amount of work,” Calderone said.
“Our response is pretty standard,” said Fire Chief Steve Glinke. “The calls come in and they’re prioritized … anything with a life hazard gets first priority.”
Up and down Forest Park’s streets, branches that were struck down in the storm have been gathered – in bushels, in some cases – and placed by the curb.
What’s more, throughout the Chicagoland area Wednesday afternoon, there were reports of roughly 239,000 ComEd customers without power, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. There is currently no estimate of the number of Forest Parkers who are, or were, without power after the storm, but a village employee told the Forest Park Review that village hall was temporarily without electricity Wednesday morning.