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Cleanup Efforts Continue After Mount Prospect Tornado

A ComEd truck parked behind a home after storms caused power outages on June 21, 2011.  (Credit: CBS)

A ComEd truck parked behind a home after storms caused power outages on June 21, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

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MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. (CBS) — Cleanup efforts from the tornado last week continue Monday in Mount Prospect, as the village begins debris removal.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Debra Dale reports, curbside tree and brush pickup has begun in Mount Prospect, and residents are ready.

“There’s tons of not whole trees, but like, big parts of trees all over the neighborhood,” said Mount Prospect resident Karen Bailey.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Debra Dale reports

Bailey lost power Tuesday night, when the storm blew down lines and poles in her backyard.

“The power came on Thursday. The lines in the trees were sparking; like, thank God the trees were wet, because the pine trees would have been gone otherwise,” she said.

On Saturday morning, crews turned Bailey’s power back off. She says it took 30 hours to replace the poles, re-hang the wires, and get her power back for the second time.

Two EF-1 tornadoes touched down during the storms Tuesday – one in Mount Prospect, the other in Downers Grove.

The National Weather Service reports the tornado in Mount Prospect touched down from 8:48 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, and also had winds as high as 90 to 100 mph. It also took a southwest path of about 2.3 miles, from approximately Pine Street just north of Highland Street to Golf Road at approximately WeGo Trail.

The tornado in Downers Grove took a two-mile southwesterly path from approximately 55th and Main streets to Woodward Avenue near 71st Street, the NWS reported. It touched down for about two minutes – from 8:31 p.m. to 8:33 p.m. – and its maximum wind speed was about 90 to 100 mph. Its maximum width was 200 yards.

At one point, about 433,000 customers were without power as a result of the storm.