Winnebago County clean-up efforts update

n Drop-off site hours again extended for county residents

County drop off sites will continue to remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. thru Friday, July 25, at which time, the need to keep them open will again be evaluated. Drop-off sites for Owen Township and Seward Township have been closed.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all of the folks who had the capability and took the time to bring their storm related tree and brush landscape waste to one of the sites. Their individual efforts have been a tremendous assistance to the County, Township and the State in completing the clean up effort,” said Winnebago County Board Chairman Kris Cohn.

Residents may take storm damage landscape material to the following county drop-off sites:

n Deer Run Forest Preserve on River Road in Cherry Valley

n Pecatonica River Forest Preserve on Brick School Rd.

n Ace of Diamonds at South Main Street and the Rock River

n BURRITT TOWNSHIP, Schumacher Farm, 3226 Eddie Rd., Winnebago

n CHERRY VALLEY TOWNSHIP Highway Department, 4875 Blackhawk Rd.

n SEWARD & WINNEBAGO TOWNSHIP, ASCHE’s Quarry on the west side of Conger Road a quarter mile south of Murphy Road

We will continue to work with the impacted townships on cleaning up the storm related brush and tree damage.

For Rockford Township, the county is requesting that all storm-related tree and brush debris be placed in the right-of-way no later than Monday, July 21. Out of the eight townships that were hit by the storm of July 5, Rockford Township suffered the most damage, which will require the most work in the clean up effort.

Townships from three different counties have teamed up to help in the clean up efforts. Rockford Township has secured additional assistance from Laona, Burritt, Cherry Valley, Harlem, Rockton, Roscoe, Seward, Shirland, Winnebago townships in Winnebago County, Scott and Byron townships in Ogle County and Belvidere Township in Boone County.

In addition, Winnebago County and Rockford Township have been continually working with IEMA to secure additional resources to bolster clean-up efforts. As reported at the beginning of this week, the county send out 10 crews in clean-up efforts. Winnebago County through the Highway Department deployed five crews, the State of Illinois three crews and Rockford Township two crews. With the assistance of the other townships, the county has increased its crew deployment this week to 11. As noted, earlier this week the county also enlisted the support of inmate labor through the State of Illinois Department of Corrections. Including inmate labor, approximately 120 individuals, 33 trucks, and 14 loaders have now been committed to the clean-up effort.

The county estimates that approximately 15 percent of the clean-up effort in Rockford Township is now complete. Much more remains to be done. However, substantial progress has been made in the Porter Road/Lakewood Hill area, the Northwest Community Center area, the Mariposa area (north of the Harrison Avenue. Post Office), the Mulford Woods Subdivision and the Valencia area (southwest of Newburg and Perryville). Excellent progress has been made in the Parker Woods area east to Memorial Avenue, the subdivision west of Springfield Avenue between Auburn and West State Street and some progress has been made in the Edgebrook area.

Winnebago Township Highway Commissioner Jack Rowley has requested that no more storm-related debris be placed in Winnebago Township right-of-way.

Individuals with questions about the clean-up operation should call one of the following offices:

n Winnebago County Highway Department at 815-965-9431

n Rockford Township Highway Department at 815-962-7313.

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