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Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Monday’s Storm Took Down 7,300 Trees Across Chicago

The Department of Forestry worked overnight — and is still working — to deal with all the fallen trees, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Several downed trees block a street in Logan Square in the aftermath of intense storms hitting the Chicago area Monday afternoon
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LOGAN SQUARE — Monday’s intense storm took down about 7,300 trees, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

The storm had winds so strong they were equivalent to a weak tornado, “but over a vastly larger area than a tornado would impact,” the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

That meant there was heavy damage throughout the city, with trees uprooted, trunks snapped in half and branches cracked and falling onto homes, cars and streets.

The Department of Forestry worked overnight to “deal with those issues” and is continuing that work, Lightfoot said during an afternoon call with reporters.

Anyone who needs a downed tree removed can call 311.

The damage to trees was widespread.

In Logan Square, a tree collapsed onto a car at St. Louis and Schubert avenues. The fallen tree and other large branches blocked the street — and further down on Schubert, more branches littered the road.

Neighbors walked around the street, trying to move branches, taking photos and looking on in awe.

On the same block, a branch cracked and partially fell on the roof of a home’s porch. After the storm, neighbors put up a ladder and tried to safely remove the large branch.

Throughout the neighborhood, cracked and completely downed trees and branches could be seen on the streets, sidewalks and buildings. Police blocked off Logan Boulevard temporarily due to the number of branches in the road.

In Lakeview, dozens of neighbors stood outside taking stock of the damage as two uprooted trees smashed a parked Toyota Matrix and blocked the intersection south of Byron Street and Wayne Avenue.

Julie Zielke, a resident of the 3800 block of Wayne Avenue, said the “sky went completely black” while wind and rain grew stronger.

Within a span of 10 minutes, Zielke said, the power went out and there were two loud crashes.

When Zielke stepped outside, the street was littered with foliage, broken branches and two large trees.

“I’ve lived here for 14 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before …. These trees have been here a long time,” she said. “It’s sad but we’ll recover. It’s a great street. The block is very neighborly.”

Credit: Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
A tree was uprooted and smashed a Toyota Matrix on Wayne Avenue and Byron Street in Lakeview.

People took to social media, posting in dismay at the loss of trees.

But many also noted neighbors were helping each other move fallen branches and trunks so people could get the streets clear and safe.

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