Storm Damage Update: April 1, 2023 – 1:00 p.m.
MACHESNEY PARK, IL (1:00pm – April 1, 2023) – As a result of powerful storms that impacted the area last night, there are over 1,525 residents without power in Machesney Park. ComEd crews are handling more than 579 outages affecting 20,000 customers in Illinois at this time. ComEd is engaging crews from outside of the area to help with the power restoration efforts.
There are three public roadways within the Village that are blocked due to downed utility lines at the following locations: on Miller Ln, south of Darwin Dr; on Obispo Ave, east of Ventura Blvd; and on Ventura Blvd, north of Teakwood Rd. All roads have barricades and are awaiting ComEd’s services before the Public Works Department can remove any tree obstructions and reopen the roadways. In addition, the bridge on Ralston Road is currently closed due to utility work. Please avoid these areas as well as any areas that have sustained damage to allow authorized crews to conduct their work safely and efficiently and not impede traffic access.
Please watch the Village’s website or Facebook page for updates on when the roads will reopen.
If your home has sustained damage and you are unsure if it is safe to occupy, please contact the Village’s contracted building official by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit a request for a no-cost inspection. Please make sure to provide your address and contact information in the request. Residents who want to request an inspection may also do so by calling Village Hall during regular business hours at 815-877-6072. Requests may also be submitted online at machesneypark.org (click on Service Requests). If you are in need of shelter or temporary housing, please call the American Red Cross for assistance at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Village’s Public Works Department cannot remove trees from private property. Rock River Disposal will remove bundles of 2-inch diameter branches/limbs that are no more than 4 feet in length and placed at the road edge during regular yard waste pick-ups, which will start on Friday, April 7th. In addition, starting at 10:00am on Monday, April 3rd, a drop site for large tree limbs, greater than 2 inches in diameter and longer than 4 feet in length, will be set-up at Schoonmaker Park at 10893 Ventura Boulevard. Residents must follow all directions and signage on where to place tree debris and should not place any limbs or debris at the site before 10:00am on April 3rd.