Business owners, residents worry over falling rusty light poles

CHICAGO (CBS) — We have acquired of two additional mild poles that have toppled in excess of in a windy 48 hours throughout the town.

Bringing the grand overall to at least 5 and bringing taxpayers to their wits’ conclude.

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

“This was on the floor.”

Amy Helgren says she considered she’d listened to a car accident Thursday afternoon. She stepped exterior and noticed this outdoors her children’s clothes retailer on this chaotic portion of Armitage.

“We just appeared at every 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 explained.  

Just a several blocks away at Armitage and Halsted, a pole crashed down on to a auto early yesterday early morning. And we’ve discovered at the very least 3 other fallen poles in Chicago given that Wednesday.

Fortunately, no a person was hurt.

“It never ever would have occurred to me, strolling down the avenue, that I would have to worry about a light pole slipping on a person.”  

A neighboring enterprise owner says he’s nervous about the have on and tear on this pole just ft absent. And he is not the only one particular with his eye on poles that haven’t fallen nonetheless.

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

“You don’t wanna have just about anything, specially with the wind. It is a windy metropolis so you wanna make sure matters are safe and sound,” he said.

And he is not the only a single whose seen.

The city’s individual information from an audit performed a couple of many years back displays fears about at the very least eight gentle poles on the 300 block of South Lake Shore — still there are continue to rusty poles in the location.

We known as the workplace of Alderman Brendan Reilly and an help explained to us they requested the Division of Transportation back again in February to inspect and change rusty poles across the ward.

They’re continue to waiting around on an update.

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

Again on Armitage, business enterprise owners would like the town to verify on these mild poles much too.

We have arrived at out to the Department of Transportation Friday to check with about the fallen pole and the ones on Lake Shore Generate — but we haven’t listened to back.