Volunteers from Hanover Township Emergency Services helped secure an area in Elgin that included St. Charles Avenue and Dwight Street, where power lines had fallen and trees were damaged. (Caleb Hanson)
Elgin and the rest of the Chicago area were hit by a series of storms that produced heavy rains and strong wind Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Storms moved in to the Elgin area about 10 p.m. Tuesday and continued through Wednesday morning, triggering reports of multiple lightning strikes and downed power lines.
A power outage left an area near Grand Victoria Casino dowtown along the Fox River in the dark.
The Elgin Fire Department responded to about 45 calls in an approximate 3-hour window Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Most calls were about arcing or fallen power lines. According to the department, a normal 24-hour shift would see 28 to 37 calls for service.
The hardest hit area was south of Walnut Avenue/National Street and just south of Route 20 from approximately Wilcox Avenue to Liberty Street, according to a statement from the Elgin Fire Department. There were also multiple trees and power lines down south of Walnut and east of Wilcox, according to the Fire Department.
"For a period of time during the storm, we ran out of fire apparatus to send, so Fire Chief (Dave) Schmidt and Assistant Chief (Robb) Cagann responded to multiple wires down calls to assist," said Battalion Chief Terry Bruce.
According to Bruce there were no injuries and no building fires in Elgin during the storms.
"We requested assistance from Public Works for barricades as well as Hanover Township Emergency Services to stand by the live power lines down until Com Ed corrected the problem," he said.
One member of the Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team assisted.
Caleb Hanson, facilities manager for YWCA Elgin and the volunteer Deputy Director of Hanover Township Emergency Services, said 10 members of the Hanover Township Emergency Services have been helping during the recent storms. He started himself last night as a weather spotter before 9:45 p.m., assisted with two flooded basements in Bartlett, then headed to help secure an area in Elgin at Bluff City Boulevard and St. Charles Avenue where falling tree limbs downed power lines. He has been at this spot as of midnight and was still there after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
As the peak of the bad weather, Hanover Township Emergency Services members were at five Elgin locations watching over downed power lines and were still at two spots after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Another round of storms hit Elgin area Wednesday morning, with the weather expected to clear for a time this afternoon and more storms predicted for later in the afternoon and the evening.