Cleanup Continues More Than Month After Derecho

Wheaton College church damage from derecho
College Church in Wheaton on Aug. 10. Photo credit Cisco Cotto

As the Gulf Coast deals with the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Sally, the Chicago-area is still recovering from a powerful storm system last month that included hurricane-force winds and tornados.

The Aug. 10 storm system damaged many buildings and knocked over the steeple at the historic College Church in Wheaton.

Nancy Singer, the church's director of administration and finance, on Thursday said the structure may be replaced by the end of the year. A specialist company in Kentucky is working on the project, Singer said.

Many trees were also damaged or knocked down by the storm system. Forest Home Cemetery near the Eisenhower Expressway in Forest Park lost nearly 30 trees.

Some of those trees were over 100 years old and very large.

A cemetery manager said she's not sure how long it will take to remove the fallen trees because crews have been busier than usual with extra burials due to coronavirus-related deaths.