A block by block cleanup effort by the City of Elgin will begin on the City’s south side Wednesday, July 26 at 7 a.m. and will enable residents to place all tree limbs, branches and yard debris curbside for crews to pick up. The effort comes after a severe storm pummeled City neighborhoods Monday night.
“The special pickup service is expected to take a minimum of two weeks to complete but it may take longer,” said Jim Bell, Elgin’s Parks Superintendent. “There may be far more damage from the storm than we’ve estimated and it may take longer to pickup, chip and discard all the debris.”
The City of Elgin was one of the areas hardest hit by a severe rain and wind storm that downed power lines, felled trees and caused extensive damage on Monday, July 17. ComEd estimated that more than 10,000 Elgin customers were without power at the height of the storm. The City also fielded more than 550 storm-related calls.
Elgin’s forestry crews will begin in the city’s south side and work its way north. Residents should check the homepage of the City’s website at www.cityofelgin.org for updates on the cleanup effort and to determine when cleanup crews will reach their area.