Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles


CHICAGO (CBS) — We have discovered of two more mild poles that have toppled more than in a windy 48 hrs across the city.

Bringing the grand complete to at the very least 5 and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ close.

CBS2’s Tim McNicholas documented from Sheffield and Armitage with what happened.

“This was on the floor.”

Amy Helgren says she believed she’d read a auto accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outside the house and noticed this exterior her children’s apparel store on this active part of Armitage.

“We just seemed at each other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and nobody was on the sidewalk going for walks, could have been a large amount worse,” Helgren said.  

Just a number of blocks away at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down on to a automobile early yesterday early morning. And we’ve uncovered at least 3 other fallen poles in Chicago considering that Wednesday.

Fortunately, no one was damage.

“It by no means would have happened to me, going for walks down the road, that I would have to stress about a gentle pole slipping on a human being.”  

A neighboring enterprise owner says he is anxious about the put on and tear on this pole just feet away. And he’s not the only one particular with his eye on poles that have not fallen however.

Cicero Chimbanda is a jogger who’s anxious about these rusty poles amongst the 100 and 300 blocks of South Lake Shore Drive.

“You really don’t wanna have something, primarily with the wind. It truly is a windy metropolis so you wanna make sure issues are harmless,” he claimed.

And he is not the only 1 whose noticed.

The city’s own facts from an audit performed a few several years in the past displays problems about at minimum 8 mild poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — yet there are even now rusty poles in the place.

We termed the office environment of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an assist informed us they requested the Section of Transportation back in February to examine and swap rusty poles throughout the ward.

They are still ready on an update.

“I glance at this and I say, that’s just a make a difference of time,” Chimbanda explained.  

Back on Armitage, company house owners would like the town to verify on these mild poles much too.

We have reached out to the Section of Transportation Friday to request about the fallen pole and the types on Lake Shore Generate — but we haven’t listened to back again. 


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