Council authorizes storm debris cleanup

By Colleen Fisher

The Champaign City Council, last night, passed a motion authorizing Public Works to remove debris from Tuesday afternoon’s thunderstorms to the best of their abilities.

This motion came following storm reports by Champaign Fire Deputy Steve Clarkson and Illinois Power Regional Performance Manager Kathy Ekstrom.

Clarkson said the majority of the damage seen in Champaign was a result of the second storm, which passed through town around 4 p.m. The greatest amount of damage occurred within the area from Springfield Avenue to Kirby Avenue and Interstate-57 to Neil Street, Clarkson said.

Ekstrom reported that 6,000 people in Champaign-Urbana were without power at the time of the meeting. She said two major outages occurred at the Kirby Avenue substation and the Oak Street substation. The fire department had received 33 calls about downed wires and over 100 calls about fallen trees.

Both Ekstrom and Clarkson said crews would be working overnight to clear debris and restore power to the city.

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