Naperville suffers little storm damage
Sun Staff August 4, 2012 5:34PM
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:37AM
Naperville escaped any major damage during the strong storm that passed through the area Saturday afternoon.
According to Naperville police, the main damage involved a couple of wires down on the northwest side of town, and some tree damage.
“I thought it would be worse,” Naperville Police Cmdr. Brian Cunningham said late Saturday afternoon.
Naperville Fire Department officials Saturday afternoon also said that things were quiet in the city, with no fires being started due to lightning strikes.
The storm dropped one to two inches of rain across the area, beginning around 3:30 p.m.
Naperville was lucky compared to its neighbor to the west, Aurora.
On the west side of Aurora, 96 residents were displaced when high winds tore off the rubber membrane of Constitution House, a seven-story apartment building for seniors.
“There was no water in my apartment, but the hallway has water,” said Chuck Gertie, who lives on the top floor. “I didn’t even notice. The fireman knocked on the door and said there was an electrical problem, so I evacuated. It’s a drag, but what are you gonna do?”
Meanwhile, a lightning strike caused a fire on the roof of an apartment building at 513 Hartford Ave. on Aurora’s southwest side that displaced 17 residents. The fire caused approximately $20,000 in damage.