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Updated 4:53 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21
By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
The first storm of the winter caused some downed trees and isolated power outages in Rantoul Thursday and Friday.
Public works Superintendent Greg Hazel said the village received isolated calls.
“Fallen trees were the primary concern,” Hazel said.
The storm toppled trees in the areas of South Chanute Street, Oakcrest Drive, East Grove Avenue and East Perimeter Road.
Crews cleared the roadways Thursday evening. Cleanup continued Friday.
Hazel said electrical service was disrupted along Titan Drive, and street poles along Falcon Way and South Chanute Street were reported downed.
A pole on Chanute was toppled by a falling tree, while a streetlight pole on Falcon Way was leaning badly.
Hazel said on Friday afternoon a third broken street light pole was found leaning on Snyder Street.
“The crew spotted it after a reported outage of the customers along the east side of Enterprise,” Hazel said, adding that that outage was caused by someone releasing a mylar balloon that was found wrapped in the conductors. The balloon was removed and the circuit re-energized.
“A few isolated customer calls were also received,” Hazel said.
The village will conduct a special community pickup of limbs and brush from the storm beginning Wednesday, Dec. 26.
The final regularly scheduled brush and Christmas tree collection will take place the week of Monday, Jan. 7.