High winds are expected to buffet Evanston at least through this evening. Wind speeds will range from 35 to 60 mph with gusts even greater. In response the city is setting priorities for handling reports of downed trees.

High winds are expected to buffet Evanston at least through this evening. Wind speeds will range from 35 to 60 mph with gusts even greater. In response the city is setting priorities for handling reports of downed trees.

City officials say that if a fallen tree or limb is creating a hazardous situation because it’s blocking a street or sidewalk, residents should call 847-866-2912 during business hours or overnight call the police non-emergency number at 847-866-5000.

It may take a while for crews to get to public trees that aren’t creating a hazard.

Trees on private property that fall onto public property will be moved by city crews so it’s no longer a hazard. But it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to have the tree removed by a private tree removal service.

Downed power lines

Anyone encountering a downed power line is urged to immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661). Never approach a downed power line. Always presume a power line is energized and extremely dangerous. 

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