City officials say Evanston has suffered little damage so far from heavy rains and high winds that are buffeting the area.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says that driving around town this afternoon she saw a few blocked storm sewer inlets and that she’s asked the crews to clear those, starting on primary routes.

She says she didn’t see any streets that were completely underwater.

No major tree damage is reported, but some smaller limbs have come down. Robinson says street cleaning operations will start at 2 a.m. Monday — four hours earlier than normal — to remove leaves from primary routes. She says she expects conditions to be back to normal by Tuesday.

A reporter observed some minor flooding on Green Bay Road during a heavy downpour about 4:30 this afternoon. Conditions appeared to be similar in communities just north and west of Evanston.

The National Weather Service says we can expect very windy conditions to continue into the evening with wind  speeds of 25 to 25 miles per hour and gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

There’ll be a  20 percent chance of rain showers early in the evening. Then mostly clear with decreasing wind in the late evening and overnight. Lows in the upper 30s.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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