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Tree Limbs, Brush Ripped Down By Storm Remains Piled Up In Glen Ellyn

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Trees crushed homes and vehicles in West Chicago after the storms Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

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GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (CBS) — A 200-foot-long brush pile, 20 feet high and 45 feet wide, is about half of all the debris west suburban Glen Ellyn had to haul from village streets after a 90 mph storm swept through on July 1.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, the village of Glen Ellyn has restored all power and opened all roads, but still has tons of tree limbs and brush to discard.

Assistant Public Works Director Dave Buckley says efficiency dictated all the downed tree limbs be stored in a pile before they can be reduced to mulch in a chip grinder.

“The tub grinder’s only keeping up with what’s being brought in today. It’s not really getting to the pile. We’ll get to the pile as the amount of brush we’re bringing in starts to dwindle,” Buckley said.

Thus, giant pile of 4,000 cubic feet of vegetation remains stacked up in Panfish Park, at 620 Wilson Ave. in Glen Ellyn, with just about that much still to collect.

Buckley says at the height of the destructive storm, 8,000 customers lost power and 30 roadways were closed by downed power lines or trees.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports