Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles


CHICAGO (CBS) — We have discovered of two extra light poles that have toppled about in a windy 48 several hours throughout the town.

Bringing the grand full to at minimum 5 and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ conclude.

CBS2’s Tim McNicholas reported from Sheffield and Armitage with what transpired.

“This was on the floor.”

Amy Helgren states she thought she’d listened to a motor vehicle incident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outside and saw this outside the house her kid’s apparel keep on this busy part of Armitage.

“We just appeared at each individual other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and no one was on the sidewalk going for walks, could have been a whole lot even worse,” Helgren stated.  

Just a couple blocks away at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down on to a motor vehicle early yesterday early morning. And we’ve learned at least 3 other fallen poles in Chicago considering the fact that Wednesday.

Thankfully, no one particular was harm.

“It under no circumstances would have occurred to me, going for walks down the avenue, that I would have to worry about a mild pole slipping on a particular person.”  

A neighboring business operator says he’s worried about the use and tear on this pole just ft absent. And he is not the only just one with his eye on poles that haven’t fallen but.

Cicero Chimbanda is a jogger who’s concerned about these rusty poles among the 100 and 300 blocks of South Lake Shore Push.

“You never wanna have just about anything, primarily with the wind. It truly is a windy town so you wanna make positive items are safe and sound,” he stated.

And he’s not the only just one whose observed.

The city’s own details from an audit completed a few yrs ago exhibits fears about at least eight light-weight poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — nevertheless there are nonetheless rusty poles in the place.

We identified as the office environment of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help told us they asked the Office of Transportation back again in February to examine and change rusty poles throughout the ward.

They are continue to waiting around on an update.

“I glance at this and I say, which is just a make any difference of time,” Chimbanda mentioned.  

Back on Armitage, small business owners would like the city to look at on these mild poles also.

We have attained out to the Office of Transportation Friday to ask about the fallen pole and the kinds on Lake Shore Travel — but we have not read back. 

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