Supercell Storm Leaves Illinois Residents In State Of Emergency; Battling Storm Damage, Floods and Dangerous Heat Waves.
The streets of Broadview and neighboring areas are littered with debris, branches, and uprooted trees. Monday’s supercell storm rampaged throughout Illinois suburban area’s, leaving residents to battle dangerous heat levels without power. As temperatures increase Cooling stations are placed through the area as ComEd rushes to restore power powerlines destroyed by downed trees during the storm.
Mayor Katrina Thompson and Mayor Andre F. Harvey declare a local state of emergency for Broadview and Bellwood. Public works and contractor crews are addressing the debris, branches and uprooted trees caused by the storm. However, as stated by Mayor Katrina Thompson “Clean-up is going to be expensive for residents, businesses, and the Village of Broadview alike, so the official emergency declaration will make our community eligible for financial assistance to aid our recovery.” As volunteers of Home Depot, Cook County Government, and ComEd worked together to clear up the debris the mayor lifts permits for roofs, fences, and tree removal.
Outages also extend to La Grange Park where tension continues to grow between the La grange Country Club and the village officials. Last year after only a couple of being in office former Village Board Trustee Mikes Matteucci resigned due to this conflict of interest as a member of the country club. Many attempts from the village officials have seemed to fall on deaf ears such as the Village Board Meeting invitation to discuss stormwater issuing in which the Club did not participate. All while the trial to settle disputes between La Grange and a nearby quarry have been delayed. The trial set for July 18th has been pushed back to September 19th possibly to give time for the Hanson Aggregates quarry to implement its expert’s recommendations to expand its drainage ponds. It is said that this dispute derives from the Quarry cutting a drainage pipe three decades ago.
Let’s all continue to hope that the village and its residents reach some sort of resolution as flooding continues to become a growing problem. These are our neighborhoods so let’s put our heads together to find the best outlook for our towns and villages.
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