Evanston city officials say they’ve now managed to clear away all the trees that were blocking city streets just 24 hours after a severe storm hit the city Friday afternoon.

Assistant Public Works Director Paul D’Agostino said a short time ago, “We have about five or six sites left that cannot wait until Monday. The crews should have these finished up before 6 p.m. tonight.”

All the blocked streets now are clear, D’Agostino says. Some alleys are still blocked, but those, he says, can’t be taken care of ComEd until clears overhead wires.

D’Agostino says he plans to let the forestry crews take Sunday off and start again first thing Monday morning.

“We were able to squeeze in a couple locations,” D’Agostino says, where block parties were scheduled today, “and made some residents very happy.”

ComEd reports less than 150 residents now without power. Two-thirds of those are south of Oakton Street between Ridge and Dodge. The rest are scattered across the city.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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