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City of Crystal Lake Storm Relief Efforts

Post Date:07/24/2017 3:32 PM

The City of Crystal Lake

100 West Woodstock Street

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

 

NEWS RELEASE

For additional information, contact:

Michael Magnuson, Director of Public Works

(815) 356 - 3611

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 24, 2017

 

City of Crystal Lake Storm Relief Efforts

 

Crystal Lake – Sunday’s storm brought 1.3 inches of rain in just over one hour. Almost 4,000 residents or businesses were without power as a result of the storm, with power being restored to the majority as of July 24, 2017. City crews have been mobilized since last week’s storm working throughout the weekend. Crews continue to work extended hours addressing the impacts from the storm.

 

Six storm events have hit Crystal Lake in June and July, bringing almost 20 inches of rain to the City, more than double the average for this time of year. Up to 3 inches of rain fell during these events in short periods of time, in addition to high winds and power outages.

 

The City of Crystal Lake is committed to helping residents impacted by these significant events. Public Works, Fire Rescue and Police Department staff have been working to ensure public safety, directing traffic, clearing roadways of downed trees and power lines and keeping the City’s equipment and infrastructure operational under extreme conditions.

 

Since July 20, 2017, Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2, located at the corner of Dartmoor Drive and Coventry Lane, is treating 20.6 million gallons of water per day. The average is 4.2 million gallons per day. Wastewater Division crews have been working 24-hours a day in 12– hour shift rotations and will continue to do so until levels stabilize.

 

Public Works Street Division crews have responded to over 50 calls for downed or damaged trees over the course of these storms in addition to monitoring roadway flooding.

 

City Officials and Staff are working with County, State and Federal agencies and representatives regarding resources and other aid for impacted residents. City Staff are contacting residents over the next several days to complete damage assessments and provide information on available resources as part of this process.

 

In order to help residents impacted by flooding and storm damage, City Public Works crews will begin a storm-damage brush collection on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Brush must be set at the curb by 7 AM on Thursday and be under 6 feet long and 6 inches in diameter.

 

Sandbags are also available for pick up at the Public Works Department. Please contact (815) 356-3614 to verify availability.

 

The City has also arranged a Special Refuse Collection with MDC Environmental Services on Saturday, July 29, 2017 for areas hard hit by recent flooding. For other areas of the City that also received flooding, items can be set out on regularly scheduled collection days the week of July 31, 2017 for pickup. Additional information regarding both Special Brush Pick-up and Special Refuse collection can be found at www.crystallake.org.   

 

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