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Glen Ellyn crews continue tree debris cleanup after storm

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:55 p.m. CST

GLEN ELLYN – Glen Ellyn Public Works crews were dispatched at about 6 p.m. Monday after storms with winds reaching 70 miles per hour passed through the area.

The winds caused minor tree damage throughout the village, Public Works Director Julius Hansen said.

Glen Ellyn didn't see as much damage as it could have since the strong winds only lasted about five minutes, Hansen said. If the winds had stayed in the area for 20 minutes, it would have been a different story, he added.

Glen Ellyn police closed two streets immediately following the storm after branches fell on power or telephone lines, Hansen said.

At Revere and Crest roads, Public Works staff removed a branch that had caused a power line to sag. The area was reopened Monday.

Staff also removed a branch from a telephone line at Hawthorne Boulevard and Prairie Avenue. The area was partially opened to vehicular traffic Monday and reopened completely Tuesday morning, Hansen said.

He didn't hear of any full trees that were knocked down or instances of power loss in the village Monday or Tuesday.

Public Works crews cleaned up tree debris from streets, sidewalks and driveways on Monday, placing the brush on parkways throughout the village. On Tuesday, staff picked up debris from the parkways, a process that may continue Wednesday.

Members of the Public Works Department are also inspecting trees in the village for damage to prevent any additional branches from falling, Hansen said.

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