Severe storm knocks out several trees throughout Village

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During a two-hour period Tuesday (May 31) afternoon, Oak Park was hit with roughly 1.5 inches of rain and high winds, resulting in minor damage to village property from fallen trees.

The Public Works Department closed down roads until 9:30 p.m. last night to clean up the damage, and they will continue to work throughout the day to make sure all debris caused by the storm are removed.

“Officials are still assessing damage, but so far 10 trees – some of them quite large – have been removed,” according to a news release from the Village. “It is estimated anywhere from 20-40 trees may be lost as a result of the storm.”

Since the Public Works crew is only responsible for picking up debris on public property, homeowners are being asked to follow these instructions to dispose of tree limbs and branches left by the storm:

Brush from private property will be treated as yard waste if it is tied into bundles, each tagged with a green yard waste sticker and placed in the regular refuse pick-up area. Each bundle should be no larger than two feet in diameter, four feet in length and not exceed 50 pounds. Yard waste stickers are $2.45 each and available at most Village grocery and hardware stores, as well as in the cashier’s office at Village Hall.

Residents can call the Public Works Department at 708-358-5700 to report any additional storm damage such as tree limbs that may be hanging dangerously, according to a news release from the Village.


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