Given the high winds — clocked at 95 mph, according to the National Weather Service — Mayor John Noak expressed gratitude that no one was hurt in the fierce storms.
"Looking at the amount of trees that were uprooted and the materials that were flying around ... I can't believe it," he said. "We're very blessed." Noak added that while some residents are reporting damaged roofs and downed trees, no structural damage was reported.
As of about noon Wednesday, Noak said electricity had been restored to about 80 percent of residents who lost power after the storms.
"We're continuing to press ComEd to do it as as fast as they can," he said.
Public works crews continue to provide wood chipper service throughout the community for residents with downed trees. Crews will be working until 7 p.m. daily through Sunday, with the exception of the Friday, July 4 holiday.
In a notice issued Wednesday morning, the village asked residents to:
- Please bring branches to the curb.
- Residents do not need to call Public Works for pick-up.
- Please do not sweep debris into streets.
- When doing any home repairs (i.e. roofing, siding, etc.) please call the Building Department at (815) 886-5049 to make sure your contractors are licensed.
- Some residents remain without power. Please check on elderly or disabled neighbors. If assistance is needed, please call the Police Department at (815) 886-7219.
- Engines emit carbon monoxide. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, crawl space, or other enclosed areas.
- Only use your generator outdoors, away from open windows, vents, or doors.
- Click here for more generator safety tips.