Downtown Evanston streets closed for three hours due to falling debris hazard

Elena Sucharetza, Assistant City Editor

Four street sections in the square block around 807 Davis St. were closed temporarily Friday to pedestrians and automobile traffic due to falling debris from high wind speeds, city officials said.

Sustained winds that reached up to 60 mph and 70 mph caused roof and concrete materials to fall from a high-rise building at 807 Davis St., Evanston fire chief Greg Klaiber said. He said the area was reopened around 6:30 p.m. after approximately three hours of being closed.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the debris, Evanston Police Department spokesman Perry Polinski said.

Road crews around the area continue to work on clearing debris, Environmental Services Bureau Chief Paul D’Agostino said in an email to The Daily. He said an additional smaller crew would be in the area around 7:00 p.m. to handle additional calls, followed by a crew at 7:00 a.m. Saturday to clean up remaining debris.

High speed winds also caused trees to fall at about 20 different sites throughout the city, D’Agostino added. Evanston police Chief Richard Eddington said in an email to The Daily the intersection of Dempster Street and Asbury Street was closed due to a leaning power pole.

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