Chicago Weather: Storm uproots large trees in Evanston, Wilmette

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Cleanup crews were hard at work Thursday clearing debris from streets and removing trees from homes and on top of cars. (WLS)

Cleanup crews were hard at work Thursday clearing debris from streets and removing trees from homes and on top of cars.

Many of the trees that fell were heritage oak trees estimated to be 100 to 150 years old.

"I'm thankful no one was hurt considering there are giant trees right up against houses and over houses," said Patrick Linden, an Evanston resident.

Chopper 7 HD captured large trees uprooted in Evanston and Wilmette. One tree toppled on a house near Eastwood and Livingston. Another near the intersection of Harrison and Elm was uprooted and tossed by high winds onto a roof.

Further north in Wilmette, there was more damage on Gregory Avenue near 5th Street. The view from the ground Friday afternoon, showing signs of improvement.

Many roads are reopening, but cleanup continues.

"The damage is pretty widespread so even after initial clean up you have to make sure trees are safe. Pull off broken limbs, make sure everybody is in a safe place," said David Taylor, VP Sunrise Tree Care.

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