The Champaign Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments have responded to damage from this afternoon’s severe storm. Just after 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, strong straight-line winds damaged approximately 24 homes in the 4500 and 4600 blocks of Copper Ridge Road.
Responders remain on Copper Ridge Road assessing the damage found there. Strong winds caused damage resulting in up to the complete loss of a roof in the 4500 block of Copper Ridge Road. All members of the community there are accounted for and no injuries have been reported. Additional fire department crews were called back to assist the neighborhood and provide additional coverage across the City. Additional minor damage reports are being received from residents in the neighboring communities.
Champaign Public Works is working to ensure all roads are reopened, the sidewalks are as accessible as possible, and flooding issues are resolved. Crews are checking traffic signals and installing temporary signs as necessary. Tomorrow, a plan will be developed for hauling brush and trees from the City right-of-way. There are currently 13 staff working until dark or until released by the Incident Commander.
The Red Cross is on scene providing assistance to those who have been displaced or have homes that suffered damage. Ameren Illinois is restoring power where they can in the area.
Contact: Randy Smith, Deputy Fire Marshal | 217-403-7212