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Storm Damage, Indian Boundary Park

So I've taken a lot of storm damage pics, documenting the results of the huge storm that passed through Chicago on the afternoon of August 23, 2007. None are more dramatic than the ones here at Indian Boundary Park. Some huge trees took a dive, and took some others along with them. Here's the whole set, including a bunch showing a new mini-lake and other water where it shouldn't oughta be.

Brothers on first day of school, 2007 -2008

Impossible to take a normal picture, apparently.

Fish drying in window, Oakland, CA


Storm Damage, Logan Boulevard

The City has been out in force since the storm-- using all kinds of equipment and crews to clean up trees. I've seen garbage truck crews cutting up trucks and stacking them. Water Department dump trucks hauling stuff away, and this tractor clearing the streets. Nicely done.

There must have been 15 trees or large limbs blown over on Logan Boulevard itself. Here's more.

The path returns

The path returns, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

Not much worse for the wear.

Storm Damage Chicago - Logan Square - August 23, 2007

This is the offending limb that caused damage to my car (see below). More here.

Storm Damage Chicago - Logan Square - August 23, 2007

Flooded trail at Winfield Mounds

We went to take a look at the storm damage over at Winfield Mounds, and it was pretty intense. The entire path was washed away-- taken over by the North Branch of the DuPage River.

If an alien came down from outer space and asked me what they needed to know in order to thrive on this planet, I would say, "things change".

Here's two looks at this exact same view in July 2007 and December 2006.

Winfield Mounds

Winfield Mounds: Kids on Path

Storm Damage, Oakwood Park, Winfield, IL August 23, 2007

Pretty stunning set of images I took yesterday of storm damage at Oakwood Park in Winfield, IL. About a dozen trees are gone. The pond is 2-3 three times larger than it was the day before. Entire set is here.

Excellent storm details on ChicagoTribune.com

Detailed, specific short stories here.

NYT Infographic

NYT Infographic, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

Here's a pretty stunningly effective infographic from the New York Times last Sunday. The little balls next to the "bathroom-is-in-here" style images of humans represent their heads, which indicates that they are dead.


Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


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