Two Suburban Towns Become Disaster Areas

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Two Suburban Towns Become Disaster Areas


Byline: Christopher Placek cplacek@dailyherald.com

Carol Stream and Glendale Heights leaders declared their towns disaster areas Thursday after heavy overnight storms that left tree limbs in roadways and knocked out power to thousands.

The storm cut a narrow swath through the two communities; particularly hard hit was a corridor that followed North Avenue. The emergency declarations were forwarded to the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which paves the way for the towns to receive mutual aid assistance from surrounding communities.

No fires or injuries were reported as a result of the storms, but at one point, power was out to more than 9,000 ComEd customers in the two towns.

As of 9:45 p.m. 960 customers remained without power in Glendale Heights and 400 were without power in Carol Stream, said ComEd spokesman Bennie Currie.

Nearby towns, including Addison, Bensenville, Roselle and Itasca, reported minimal damage, such as downed tree limbs and small floods that quickly receded. Bensenville officials said about 100 households experienced power outages and flooding was a bit higher in its north industrial park, but overall officials from towns in northeast DuPage County said damage was small compared to last weekend's storm.

In Carol Stream, tree-removal crews came to help from Addison, Bloomingdale, West Chicago, Hanover Park, Lisle, Woodridge and Downers Grove.

Many limbs were down along tree-lined parkways and streets such as Thunderbird Trail, located in a residential enclave northwest of North and Gary Avenues.

The area is also Carol Stream's oldest neighborhood, where major storms in 2008 and 2010 left streets and homes flooded.

Resident Marissa Martensen said her home on Thunderbird has never flooded, but she experiences power outages during almost every big storm. Thursday marked the third time in two weeks she's lost power.

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