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posted: 8/25/2012 4:14 AM

Thanks to many on storm cleanup

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Thanks to many on storm cleanup

The July 1 microburst ravaged approximately 20 miles of road in unincorporated Winfield Township, leaving residents with huge amounts of tree debris that needed to be removed. This amount of debris was out of the scope of a typical storm damage pickup and Winfield Township found it necessary to seek additional help.

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Manpower and equipment was sent from: Downers Grove, Lisle and Naperville townships, DuPage County; Algonquin, Greenwood, and Nunda townships, McHenry County, and from Lake County, Avon, Cuba, Ela and Grant townships. For several weeks the Winfield Township Road District yard at the start of the day was filled with chippers, grapple chippers, grapple trucks, dump trucks, lift trucks and people who drove many miles to work in the unrelenting July heat to help remove mountains of tree debris. The efforts of these townships are voluntary and assumed the cost.

Dirk Enger, DuPage County Board member for District 6, joined the cleanup workforce. It was his effort that prompted the DuPage County Division of Transportation to lend more equipment and manpower to the clean up process.

Thanks to Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc. and Gomez Tree Service who both rearranged their schedules to help with this removal process.

A special thank you to Winfield Township employees, who had the same situation at home, but were here working extra days and hours to get roads cleared and tree debris removed.

Collaboration between the assisting townships and DuPage County made it possible for Winfield Township to complete an enormously large task. Their assistance helped this effort to be extremely efficient with the least financial impact on an already tight budget.

Winfield Township extends a thank you to the unincorporated residents for their cooperation and patience as the clean up process was completed.

Joseph V. Jedlovec, Jr.

Winfield Township Highway Commissioner

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