DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin reports that the Homeland Security and Emergency Management office will remain open throughout the night in order to coordinate response and recovery efforts throughout the County.
“I have declared a State of Emergency to empower my senior management team to swiftly and effectively respond to all needs that arise from Sunday’s storm. Our staff has worked around the clock since Sunday afternoon and will continue to coordinate the storm efforts as needed throughout the week,” said Cronin.
The severe thunderstorm swept through the County on Sunday with 80 mph winds, penny-sized hail and more than an inch of rain. The storm left several County roads impassible due to fallen power lines and large tree limbs.
The County’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has deployed employees to clear debris along county trails so that ComEd can reach the downed wires and restore power.
“The safety of DuPage County residents is my main concern, therefore I urge them to stay away from dangerous sections of the trails,” said Cronin.
According to DOT, the following trails should be avoided due to down wires and fallen tree limbs:
Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) Main Stem between County Farm Road and Prince Crossing;
- Geneva Spur near Morningside Drive;
- Great Western Trail from County Farm Road to the IPP; and
- Elgin Branch from the Great Western Trail to Smith Road.
Closed Until July 5
The DuPage County Health Department will close all of its offices effective Monday afternoon and will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 5.
The move to close all offices for 48 hours will allow ComEd enough time to get the power back on in the County. It will allow the Health Department to resume services in a safe and healthy manner.
Communicable Disease, Environmental Health Services and select Behavior Services, such as the CRISIS line, will be operational.
More information can be found at www.dupagehealth.org or on Facebook at DuPage County Health Department and on Twitter at @DuPageHD.
Remainder of County Offices Re-Open Tuesday
The County is expecting to re-open the for regular business at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 3.
Despite today’s closing of portions of the government complex, critical facility and public safety operations remained open such as the DuPage County Sheriff’s Department, the Convalescent Center, Animal Control and the County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The Court House was open for Circuit Court and Traffic Court until noon.
It is expected that all of these offices will open for regular business on Tuesday. Residents and employees are urged to visit www.ProtectDuPage.org for the latest information regarding the reopening of the DuPage County campus.
The DuPage County Fairgrounds also experienced widespread damage from fallen trees and from damage to the power transmission. As a result of the damage, Wheaton has cancelled the July 3 fireworks.
Courtesy of a press release from DuPage County
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