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Storm causes road closures in Darien, lightning strikes home

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:52 a.m. CDT

DARIEN — Public Works staff in Darien are continuing to monitor road closures and storm sewers, reopening local streets as necessary.

The city has sand bags available for residents at the Public Works facility, 1041 S. Frontage Road.

Drivers should continue to exercise extreme caution when driving near flooded streets and limit the use of washing machines, dishwashers and other devices that require significant sewer support.

On Thursday morning, the Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District had responded to more than a dozen storm-related incidents. The vast majority of those were activated fire alarms and flooding issues. However, early in the morning, a home was hit by lightning, fire officials said.

About 2:50 a.m., a report was received of a home hit by lightning at 1614 Fox Hill Place in Darien. The chimney was struck, with heavy damage to it and the roof of the home.

Thermal imaging cameras were used to look for signs of fire behind the walls. None was noted, however several areas of charring were found, fire officials said. Several electrical circuit breakers for the second floor were found to have tripped and there also was a gas leak coming from the front yard that was attributed to the lightning strike.

No one was injured. Estimated damage is $25,000.

For flood concerns, or for more information, call 630-852-5000.

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