Letters to the Editor

Who would have thought that the power pole, transformer and accompanying electric power lines falling in our side alley on the 9000 block of South Claremont Avenue could cause such chaos?

However, Chicago is the “city that works,” and North Beverly received a well-needed update to our “infrastructure” without the members of Congress in Washington, D.C., passing any bills at all! The Congressional members in Washington could learn a lesson from the South Side of Chicago.

On Oct. 25 at around 8:30 a.m., we heard a deafening thud, explosion and sparking wires in our alley as the huge power pole hit our garage. The result was no power for many homes and businesses in North Beverly and parts of Evergreen Park for one or two days. The 9000 blocks of Claremont and Western avenues were without power for two days.

ComEd reportedly credited the collapse of the power pole, transformer and electrical cables to a large dead branch that fell on the electric wires in the alley behind a house on Claremont, which pulled down the power pole and wires.

It would behoove all homeowners in the future to keep their tree branches trimmed regularly to prevent future accidents.

We have been proud residents of North Beverly for over 36 years, and we would like to thank both the Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago Police Department, which responded to our 911 call within minutes. The ComEd response was equally prompt, considering the number of power outages in the Chicago area because of the stormy weather.

The North Beverly community is a great place to live!

Donna and Jim Dalton