Two waves of storms driven by a cold front stretching across the Midwest recently swept through various cities in Illinois, with Elgin among the hardest-hit areas.
Bringing down power lines and trees and blocking numerous streets throughout the city, the storms tore through Elgin and left tons of debris in itheir wake. Companies offering equipment such as a trusty street sweeper for sale had a workout when the city government needed to deploy cleanup teams to sort out the mess. Courier-News correspondent Janelle Walker reported:
An estimated 1,500 trees were felled or damaged in a 20-minute storm that blew through the city Friday afternoon.
An estimated 7,900 residences in Elgin were still without power Saturday while 17,810 had been restored since the start of the storm, according to ComEd.
Residents, volunteers and city crews worked through the day on Saturday to clean up the mess left behind. […]
[…] Crews, including street sweepers, worked in the area around the House Walk Saturday morning to ensure visitors could get through Elgin.
Speaking to CBS Local Chicago, an operative for the commonwealth Edison said that power outages were reported mainly from the northern suburbs, which include Elgin, Inverness and Northbrook, as well as Palatine, Hoffman Estates and Arlington Heights. The damage to several locales was pretty extensive, with one resident from Elgin’s east-side remarking that the immediate area looked like a “war zone” following the storm.
The western part of Kane County also wasn’t spared, with trees and utility lines blocking several roads. According to a report on the Kane County Chronicle, the Sheriff’s Office noted that numerous parts of Route 47 had been blocked by fallen trees and power lines. Authorities stationed in Des Plaines even reported that a commercial building currently under construction collapsed in the midst of the foul weather, injuring four construction workers in the process.
Scattered debris is the automatic result of inclement weather like what Elgin experienced. No city in the nation is safe from these occurrences and the damage that they cause – a good reason why reliable street sweeper rental and sales firms such as Haaker Equipment Company remain valuable allies during these events. Automated assistance from high-powered street sweepers is sure to make the job easier for everyone.
(Source: Elgin Cleans Up After Storm, The Courier-News, September 6, 2014)