Broadview, Bellwood Mayors Declare Local States Of Emergency

An uprooted tree in Bellwood a day after a supercell thunderstorm ravaged the Chicago area on Monday. | File 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

The villages of Bellwood and Broadview have joined Westchester in issuing formal local state of emergency declarations to aid in cleanup efforts after a supercell thunderstorm ravaged the area on Monday, Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson announced on Wednesday evening. 

“Monday’s storm that slammed into Broadview left extensive tree damage, damage to property, and power outages in residential neighborhoods and the local business district,” said Thompson. 

“Clean-up is going to be expensive for residents, businesses, and the Village of Broadview alike, so the official emergency declaration will make our community eligible for financial assistance to aid our recovery.” 

Some residents in Broadview were still without power on Wednesday evening, with ComEd providing coach buses that could function as cooling centers to residents in Broadview and Westchester. On Wednesday, the buses were parked outside of those suburbs’ respective village halls. 

The emergency declarations will help homeowners like Cherryl Carlisle, a Broadview resident who sat on the cooling bus on Wednesday, because the power was still out in her home.  

“My chimney came down and I have roofing problems,” Carlisle said, inventorying the damage the storm did to her home. “Also, some of the bricks in the front of my house came down and messed up some of the pavers on my patio.” 

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Cherryl Carlisle sits inside of a cooling bus provided by ComEd that was parked outside of Broadview Village Hall on Wednesday afternoon. | Shanel Romain 

Carlisle said Monday’s storm was the first time she experienced significant weather-related damage to her home. 

“It got so dark and then the wind started making so much noise — it was frightening,” she said. “I went into the basement. The good thing is, we’re alive and well.” 

Mayor Thompson said the “state of emergency in Broadview will continue as long as it is necessary to complete the recovery.” 

In the meantime, the mayor said that between 50 and 60 employees from the Home Depot in Broadview will be out volunteering tomorrow at 8 a.m. to help residents remove debris from their backyards. 

“I’m deeply grateful to the Home Depot of Broadview and its associates for their willingness to help Broadview residents, particularly our senior citizens, in their time of need,” the mayor said. 

Shanel Romain contributed to the reporting. 

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