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Crews respond to Monday’s storm damage

By Rex Robinson | 8/12/2020, 6 a.m.
Joliet and many other communities throughout Will County were hit hard by Monday afternoons severe storms and tornado-like winds that ...
This is one of the many trees that were knocked down during Monday's storm that ripped through Joliet and the surrounding suburbs.

Joliet and many other communities throughout Will County were hit hard by Monday afternoons severe storms and tornado-like winds that swept through the region, knocking out, downing trees and causing other damage.

The following are updates from the City of Joliet’s website:

Waste Management has not reported any additional issues at this time concerning picking up garbage or recycling due to blocked roads from storm debris. Waste Management will attempt another pick up by the end of the day today for areas missed earlier from debris. If residents experience pick up issues throughout this week, they can contact Waste Management directly at (815) 280-7854. 

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Mayor Bob O'Dekirk's Response to Storm Damage

Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Tuesday gives an update to the city's response to Monday's storm damage.

Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk on Tuesday gives an update to the city's response to Monday's storm damage.

Senior Resident Needs


Seniors who are experiencing unmet needs due to power outages can contact the following social services for assistance. Please contact 911 if it is a medical emergency.

Will County Senior Services: (815) 723-9713

Will County Center for Community Concerns: (815) 722-0722

Kendall County Senior Services: (630) 553-5777

Waste Management/Private Property Debris Pick Up Guidelines

Waste Management is experiencing some delays in service due to blocked roads from damaged trees as well as downed power lines. Please remain patient. The City will provide an update on what to do if your pick up is missed due to blocked roadways.

In order for yard waste and small tree branches to be removed, please follow these instructions: Brush, tree limbs, and branches must be bound in bundles not exceeding 4 feet and weighing no more than 50 pounds. No single piece within each bundle should exceed three inches in diameter. Unbundled brush will not be collected. All other yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, etc.) must be placed in either 30 gallon kraft paper bags or a rigid container no greater than 32-gallons.

ComEd/Power Update

More than 600,000 ComEd customers were affected by the storms. Crews continue to assess damage in the area and are working to restore power to essential providers and then to the largest number of customers in the least amount of time. The City of Joliet does not have timelines on power restoration but will provide updates when one is received from ComEd. If a resident comes across a downed or sparking power line, clear the area and report it to ComEd at 1-800-334-7661.


City Parkway Tree Debris Removal Process

Tree damage from yesterday’s storm was extensive and has impacted all neighborhoods of Joliet. The Roadways Division currently reports that about a half-dozen streets around town are blocked by large trees wrapped in power lines. These require special attention and contractors are mobilizing to safely remove these trees.

Roadways will begin going street-by-street starting today, Tuesday, August 11 cleaning up debris from city parkway trees. Crews are not picking up private property debris. Residents who have experienced storm damage to their personal property should work with their homeowners insurance provider for instruction or contact a private contractor. Any downed power lines across private property should be reported to ComEd: 1-800-334-7661.