Area survives scary weather

  • Written by Bob Rakow

  Hickory Hills Mayor Mike HowleyPage-3-3-col-cartsShopping carts are down at the Chicago Ridge Mall after Monday night’s storm. Photos by Jeff Vorva. believes the wild 2014 weather offers a marketing opportunity.

  “It’s been quite a year,” Howley said Tuesday morning. “This could be good for someone who makes t-shirts. They can come up with something like ‘I survived the Weather in 2014.’”
  Howley was comfortable jesting a bit about Monday’s night’s torrential storms because, for the most part, Hickory Hills and the other towns in the Reporter’s coverage area escaped significant damage.
  “We fared fairly well,” Howley said. “Although there are 1,400 people without power who might not agree with me. There was no major damage reported.”
Page-1-2-col-branchesDowned branches and limbs lie before a sign at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Oak Lawn Tuesday after a storm hit the area Monday night.  Oak Lawn also escaped significant damage. Approximately 1,300 Oak Lawn homes were without power as of late Tuesday morning, and there was tree and power line damage throughout the community, officials said.
  “This storm could have definitely been worse,” said Oak Lawn Police Lt. Art Clark, the village’s emergency management coordinator. “There are other communities around the area that suffered more damage and power outages.”
  One of those towns was Worth, which suffered significant power outages Tuesday morning after the second wave of storms damaged power lines and poles along a stretch of Southwest Highway west of Harlem Avenue. Harlem Avenue from Palos Heights past Chicago Ridge was backed up most of the morning and afternoons because stop lights were knocked out by a power outage.
  Worth suffered the brunt of the outage.
  “It led to a significant outage in Worth,” said Village Clerk Bonnie Price. “ComEd is all over (the village).”
  Approximately 75 percent of homes and businesses were without power Tuesday morning, but electricity was being restored throughout the day, Price said.
  No injuries were reported, she said.
  Neighboring Palos Hills and Chicago Ridge experienced only minimal damage, including pockets of outages and downed tree limbs, officials said.
  Evergreen Park also escaped major storm related damage, Mayor James Sexton said.
  “It seems like (the storm) went farther south,” said Sexton, who added that about 1,000 Evergreen Park homes experienced power outages.
  “It was scary,” Sexton said.