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STORM UPDATE: County cleaning up after storm

By Chronicle Staff

Cities throughout DeKalb County were cleaning up Tuesday morning following a strong storm Monday night that downed trees and power lines and dumped at least an inch of rain in the area. The storm was described late Monday night as a “derecho” by Northern Illinois University Meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste, which he said is an intense squall line of thunderstorms that produce widespread wind damage. Wind speeds were estimated between 60 to 80 mph, more than 1 inch of rain fell in 30 minutes and more than 1,000 lightning flashes struck every 15 minutes throughout the peak of the storm, Sebenste said Monday night. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office handled 220 calls for service related to the storm between 7 and 11 p.m., according to a news release. Sycamore had “quite a bit of damage,” said Fred Busse, the city's public works director. “The worst hit was the South Main and Lincoln Street area,” he said. “There's at least a half-dozen utility poles snapped off down there. We're just all over town opening up streets that were blocked. We'll be doing that for the rest of the day and probably tomorrow.” About 6,000 DeKalb County customers were still without power at 9 a.m. Tuesday, ComEd spokesman Paul Callighan said. There were about 27,000 customers in the county without power in the immediate aftermath of the storm, he said, and more than 200,000 throughout the company's service area. The majority of the damage was caused by high winds that downed power lines, Callighan said, although a few were due to lighting strikes - including a strike at a power substation in Somonauk. “We know we're looking at a multiday restoration here,” Callighan said. “As we get big areas cleaned up, we're finding so many problems with individual customers, and it's going to take time to get crews to each spot and get it fixed. We've made a lot of headway, but we know there are going to be smaller, isolated outages lingering into tomorrow.” Busse said Sycamore residents can drag tree branches and limbs to the curb and the city will pick it up soon. His department plans to pick up brush for the rest of the week and early next week, he added. The DeKalb Public Works Department is asking DeKalb residents to assist city crews in its clean-up efforts. Residents are asked to cut branches that are 3 inches or less in diameter into lengths no longer than 4 feet, bundle them together with twine or nylon rope in bundles that weight less than 50 pounds, according to a news release from the public works department. The bundles can be placed on parkway for pickup by Waste Management crews on the regularly scheduled waste removal day for that area, according to the news release. Or, the branches can be disposed of at three landscape waste collection sites: • Dress Road by Fire Station 3 • South Seventh Street by Fire Station 2 • Old Feed Mill site off North Seventh and Oak streets

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