Rockford Storm Damage Leave Dangerous Trail of Destruction


Flooding, downed trees, and live wires… This is the scene all across the stateline after Fridays’ storms.

Richard Keinz is one Rockford resident who was hit hard by the storm- a huge tree in his backyard falling directly onto his house in the 1200 block of Garrison.

It damaged part of his roof, and smashed his chimney.

“It pretty much tore everything apart,” said Keinz. “Everything tore apart.”

Keinz and his wife who runs a daycare were home when the storm hit.

“You heard the storm coming, and then it got louder and louder,” he said. “So I told everybody to go to the basement. And no sooner they got down, and I started that’s when it hit. You could feel the hit on the house. It kind of  jarred it a little.”

He says they’ve been left without power; and ComEd tells them it could be at least 3 days before it’ll be restored.

And they have yet to assess all of the damage.

“I don’t know, it’s a mess,” said Keinz “It even hit that tree when it went down. it just destroyed the whole house.”

Around the corner, another fallen tree missed Laura butler’s House by inches.

But it did take down the power lines.

“I heard like a crack kind of noise, and it sounded like something falling,” said Butler. “And then all of a sudden it went completely black.”

Live wires were left poking out from her house, and dangling dangerously.

Last summer, a huge branch fell down on her neighbor’s house from the same tree-taking down their power lines.

She says maybe her situation could have been avoided if the city had done what she asked then.

“My hope is that  the city will knock down the trees when they’re rotten on the inside of them,” she said. “Because this probably wouldn’t have happened if they would have taken the tree down the first time.”

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