Lansing Public Works reminds residents to be aware of live wires and falling branches
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (October 21, 2019) – Dolores Rivera had parked her Public Works vehicle near the intersection of Wentworth and Lake Street to prevent traffic from approaching the enormous downed tree limb. But it wasn’t the limb she was worried about—it was the power line above that had snapped. Though no sparks or smoke was evident, the line was still live.
The Lansing Fire Department arrived on the scene to close off the intersection, but the tree debris cannot be removed until ComEd arrives to take care of the power lines.
A statement issued by Lansing’s CodeRed system just before noon let subscribers know that high winds had cut power to approximately 1,250 Lansing residents, mainly in the central and east parts of town.
Rivera is hopeful that ComEd will arrive soon so that power can be restored and Wentworth can be cleared and reopened, but field technicians are busy with similar reports throughout the area. In the meantime, says Rivera, cars and pedestrians should be aware and careful around any power lines, as well as staying alert to the possibility of falling branches or other debris.