Naperville June 20 Tornado Damage Report – 5:45 a.m. June 21 Update
NAPERVILLE, Ill. — On Sunday, June 20 at approximately 11:10 p.m., reports of a tornado touchdown in the area just south of 75th Street and Ranchview Drive came into the City’s Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) center. Tornado sirens were activated at 11:07 p.m. Fire and Police personnel were dispatched to the area at 11:28 p.m. Five people were transported to Edward Hospital; one is listed in critical condition while the other four sustained non-critical injuries.
The area sustained damage to houses and has downed power lines and fallen trees. Sixteen houses have been deemed uninhabitable by the City’s Transportation, Engineering and Development (TED) Business Group. TED inspectors will continue to inspect property damage this morning. As of 5 a.m., the City has received 125 reports of property damage within the tornado area. Ten people from three homes were taken to a relocation point, and the Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting the displaced families.
Electric and Public Works staff were also dispatched to the area once allowed to do so by Police and Fire personnel. Nicor was immediately brought into the area to shut off gas to the effected homes; at approximately 2:05 a.m. they reported there were no active gas leaks.
Multiple utility poles on Bailey Road were downed during the storm. Currently approximately 450 customers are without power in the area of Bailey Road to the north, Washington to the west, Naper Boulevard to the east and Bourbon Lane to the south. The poles and the lines will need to be replaced before power can be restored to area. The Electric Utility currently estimates restoration to occur by midnight.
Bailey Road is currently closed between Washington and Naper Blvd., and 77th Street is closed at Muirhead and Wehrli. Please avoid this area. Public Works crews have been working to clear trees from roadways and estimate over 100 parkway trees were damaged. Ranchview Drive is clear and open. City crews, including Police and Fire personnel, will continue to be in this neighborhood throughout the day.
The City will release another update this afternoon.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.