Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles

CHICAGO (CBS) — We have figured out of two far more mild poles that have toppled about in a windy 48 hrs throughout the town.

Bringing the grand total to at minimum five and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ stop.

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

“This was on the ground.”

Amy Helgren suggests she thought she’d read a auto accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped outdoors and observed this outside the house her kid’s clothing store on this fast paced area of Armitage.

“We just looked at each and every other like, thank goodness that it fell that way, and no person was on the sidewalk walking, could have been a good deal worse,” Helgren stated.  

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

Thankfully, no a single was harm.

“It hardly ever would have occurred to me, going for walks down the avenue, that I would have to get worried about a gentle pole falling on a man or woman.”  

A neighboring business enterprise proprietor says he is anxious about the dress in and tear on this pole just toes absent. And he is not the only one particular with his eye on poles that have not fallen nonetheless.

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

“You will not wanna have nearly anything, in particular with the wind. It really is a windy town so you wanna make guaranteed issues are risk-free,” he mentioned.

And he’s not the only a single whose recognized.

The city’s personal facts from an audit carried out a several decades back displays issues about at the very least 8 gentle poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — nevertheless there are still rusty poles in the location.

We called the office of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help explained to us they asked the Division of Transportation again in February to inspect and replace rusty poles throughout the ward.

They’re continue to waiting on an update.

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

Back on Armitage, enterprise house owners would like the city to look at on these light poles also.

We have reached out to the Section of Transportation Friday to inquire about the fallen pole and the types on Lake Shore Drive — but we have not read back again.