Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles


CHICAGO (CBS) — We have learned of two much more gentle poles that have toppled over in a windy 48 hrs across the metropolis.

Bringing the grand total to at minimum 5 and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ conclude.

CBS2’s Tim McNicholas documented from Sheffield and Armitage with what transpired.

“This was on the ground.”

Amy Helgren suggests she imagined she’d read a automobile accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outside and saw this outdoors her children’s garments keep on this busy area of Armitage.

“We just seemed at every other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and nobody was on the sidewalk going for walks, could have been a lot worse,” Helgren reported.  

Just a few blocks absent at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down on to a auto early yesterday early morning. And we’ve uncovered at least 3 other fallen poles in Chicago due to the fact Wednesday.

Thankfully, no a person was damage.

“It under no circumstances would have transpired to me, strolling down the road, that I would have to worry about a light-weight pole slipping on a individual.”  

A neighboring business enterprise operator states he’s fearful about the have on and tear on this pole just ft absent. And he is not the only 1 with his eye on poles that haven’t fallen still.

Cicero Chimbanda is a jogger who’s involved about these rusty poles concerning the 100 and 300 blocks of South Lake Shore Travel.

“You you should not wanna have nearly anything, specifically with the wind. It really is a windy metropolis so you wanna make positive points are secure,” he claimed.

And he is not the only a person whose observed.

The city’s personal details from an audit carried out a handful of yrs back shows concerns about at least 8 light-weight poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — still there are however rusty poles in the location.

We named the place of work of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an aid informed us they questioned the Division of Transportation back in February to inspect and change rusty poles throughout the ward.

They’re continue to waiting on an update.

“I look at this and I say, which is just a matter of time,” Chimbanda mentioned.  

Back on Armitage, enterprise entrepreneurs would like the city to check out on these light-weight poles also.

We’ve reached out to the Department of Transportation Friday to request about the fallen pole and the ones on Lake Shore Travel — but we have not heard back again. 


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