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High winds bring tree limb down across Wentworth

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.

High winds brought the branch down across power lines that are still live. ComEd has been called to address the situation. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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.

The downed limb is large enough to completely span Wentworth Avenue. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

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.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.