Severe storm causes widespread tree, property damage

A storm that brought torrential rain and extremely high winds that blew through the area at around 7 p.m. on June 13 downed scores of trees in North Riverside, Riverside and Brookfield and left hundreds of homes without power ahead of a weather system expected to bring temperatures reaching 100 degrees in the coming days.

Crews worked on the night of the storm and the morning afterward to clear downed trees from roadways, sidewalks and driveways. Brookfield Zoo sustained extensive tree damage throughout the park, said Dr. Michael Adkesson, president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society.

No animals or people were injured by falling trees or limbs and no buildings were damaged, but the extent of the tree damage was enough that the zoo delayed opening until at least 1 p.m. on June 14, when Adkesson said he hoped to be able to open half of the zoological park to visitors.

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