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Storm Downs Dozens Of Trees In Logan Square. Here’s How You Can Help

Logan Square Preservation is taking donations to replace felled trees. It's also seeking volunteers for tree planting.

Neighbors work to cut off part of a fallen tree in the Logan Square neighborhood after a storm swept through the area, bringing dangerously high winds and thunderstorms on Monday, August 10, 2020.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square lost dozens of trees in Monday’s powerful storm, but recovery is underway thanks to a group with a long history of planting trees in the neighborhood.

The Monday afternoon storm damaged buildings, downed more than 7,000 trees and knocked down power lines, leaving thousands without electricity across the city. The winds whipped into a confirmed tornado that swept through a part of Rogers Park.

In Logan Square, Logan Boulevard, which is known for its large trees, was hit especially hard. About 50 trees along the roadway were knocked down or damaged in the storm, said Andrew Schneider, president of Logan Square Preservation.

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Schneider’s group is raising money online to replace the felled trees. The city has a forestry department that handles tree recovery, but “there is no special funding for events like this,” Schneider said, which is why fundraising is necessary.

“The trees are an essential feature of our landmark district. … They’re beloved and important,” Schneider said.

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Part of a tree fell on some power lines in the Logan Square neighborhood after a storm swept through the area, bringing dangerously high winds and thunderstorms on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Logan Square Preservation is also looking for neighbors to plant trees, or to get involved with the group’s longterm tree plan, which calls for surveying all of the area’s existing trees and replacing them as necessary.

Paul Sajovec, chief of staff for Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), whose ward includes Logan Boulevard, said the alderman plans to use Logan Square Preservation’s plan “as a guide to direct [tree] replacements as necessary.”

The storm knocked down 7,300 trees across Chicago. City crews worked overnight and through Tuesday to clear the trees, said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. City workers were seen removing trees in Logan Square on Tuesday afternoon.

The storm also toppled power lines, leaving thousands of Chicagoans without electricity. Some Logan Square residents were still waiting for their power to be restored as of Tuesday evening. Alds. Waguespack and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa reported power outages at their respective offices.

Tuesday afternoon, many hours after the storm swept through the area, trees and debris were strewn about Logan Boulevard. Some stopped to take photos of the destruction and others picnicked right beside it.

“It’s very sad,” said neighbor Brian Laskov, 45, who has lived off Logan Boulevard for eight years. “It’s so nice to have so many big trees around here, so hopefully we didn’t lose too many.”

Qaree Dreher, 26, who has lived in the neighborhood for about a year, said he was surprised to see all of the downed trees because the storm passed “relatively quickly.”

“I would not have anticipated this as I walked around today,” Dreher said while picnicking with a friend. “This makes it feel a lot more intense.

“It was a very stark reminder that tornadoes happen.”

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Part of a tree fell on some power lines in the Logan Square neighborhood after a storm swept through the area, bringing dangerously high winds and thunderstorms on Monday, August 10, 2020.

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