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Lansing responds to the storm – in photos

LANSING, Ill. (July 29, 2023) – As Lansing was battered by strong winds Friday night, tree branches and wires across town were downed, keeping both Public Works and the Lansing Fire Department busy.

As the sun rose on Saturday showing the full impact of the storm, Village Public Works crews spread across the village and used chippers to turn the many grounded branches into mulch.

A Village CivicReady alert was sent out on Saturday morning. It said, in part, “Public Works crews have been out all night dealing with the effects of the storm. Their priority is clearing public rights of way including streets, sidewalks and alleys. Private tree removal contractors are assisting with these efforts. Public Works will be running chipper trucks this weekend and into the coming week to help clear debris. Residents with downed limbs in their yards can assist the efforts by bringing branches out to their parkways.”

Fire Department Deputy Chief John Grady said thankfully, the LFD did respond to any calls of injured residents, nor were any first responders injured in the response to the storm.

After the storm – photos

Lansing Fire Department crews were out addressing a power line downed by a fallen tree limb late on Friday, July 28. (Photo: Matthew Splant)
Residents and crew members cut a fallen tree into smaller pieces on Saturday near 173rd and Walter. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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A massive tree limb laid fallen near 172nd and Chicago on Saturday morning. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Caution tape used from Friday night as local crews addressed fallen branches and wires still could be seen on Saturday. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This Public Works crew member was one of many tossing branches into a chipper on Saturday. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This fallen tree nearly hit a pair of houses on Ann Street. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Tree service company Piekarski and Sons addressed some of the largest trees felled throughout the village. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This tree at Schultz Park didn’t fare well during the storm. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This Public Works employee chips a large branch near Schultz Park. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
On the north end of Schultz Park, this large tree fell into the street, and was dragged to the other side by large machinery. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
A second tree on the north side of Schultz Park was felled as well, leaving this shard of a stump still standing. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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Into the evening on Saturday, massive branches could still be seen throughout town. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.

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