Storms continue Sunday across Chicago

June 8, 2008 7:04:31 PM PDT
Sunday afternoon's storms delivered high winds and heavy rain across the entire ABC7 Chicago viewing area.In one North Side neighborhood, several tree branches littered the street. City crews were busy Sunday afternoon after the latest storm rolled in shortly after 12 p.m. Sunday. The gray sky moved in and opened up. For several minutes, it poured and poured rain. Some area residents could be seen seeking shelter at a bus stop and others at a construction site.

The latest summer storm left its mark, especially one family's backyard.

"We heard noise and wind and everything, then like a boom and all of the windows made all of this noise. Then, my daughter started screaming that this tree was in the garage," said Rebecca Minor, whose property was damaged. "We cannot go in the house. We have to stay away from the metal. We can't go in the yard, me and the next door neighbor."

Sunday afternoon's storm did damage in the Lincoln Park area, and it completely uprooted a tree.

"It was crazy, but when we looked out the windows, we didn't see this type of damage. This is a very old tree, you can tell walking down the street. It is weird," one area resident said.

Some intersections were blocked as police directed traffic away from the fallen trees.

"It is scary when the wind comes up and it rains sideways. It is something else. A hard rain in Chicago is not like a hard rain anywhere else," Malcolm MacDonald said.

The storm has caused more than 100 trees to be damaged in the city, but according to city officials, that is not a high number. They called the storm fair to moderate, but coupled with the weather of the last couple of days, it made for a big challenge for the city Streets and Sanitation Department.


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