Storm Damage Forces Wheaton to Cancel Fireworks Show

DuPage County officials have declared a state of emergency

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    Heavy tree and power-line damage at Jefferson Avenue and Main Street in Wheaton blocks the path of the town's now-canceled Fourth of July parade..

    Fourth of July fireworks and a parade have been canceled in west suburban Wheaton after severe thunderstorms hit the area on Sunday.

    "The community and participants’ safety is our top priority," said a statement issued Monday by the Wheaton Park District.

    The events have not been rescheduled.

    Damage is everywhere in Wheaton, and DuPage County officials have declared a state of emergency for the region.

    "I'm really sad, and my husband was going to walk in the parade," said resident Kathy Keller. "They have so much to clean up, and the northeast side of Wheaton is a disaster area. ... It's not safe."

    "We're just thankful that no one got hurt," said resident Muriel Elmer. "It's probably a wise decision because there are so many branches along the sidewalks, there's nowhere to stand."

    Mayor Michael J. Gresk is expected to sign a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for the city, the release said.

    "I don't think there's a block of houses that doesn't have half a dozen trees down, or parts of trees. It's a real mess to get around," said resident Donald Sender.

    Sender on Monday evening was filling his generator, partly to keep the food fresh that he bought for the more than 20 guests who are no longer coming for Independence Day festivities.

    "Hopefully, we'll save it until things calm down and everything's restored and invite the kids over again," he said.

    The fireworks display had been slated for Tuesday, followed by a parade on Wednesday.

    Plainfield, Wauconda and Round Lake last week canceled their fireworks displays due to drought conditions. Shows also were canceled in Antioch, Cary and Mundelein.

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