SLIDESHOW & TIMELINE: Quincy storm & cleanup

Posted: Jul. 13, 2015 7:01 pm Updated: Jul. 27, 2015 7:01 pm

QUINCY — A storm blew through Quincy Monday night that saturated the city with even more rain and toppled trees and branches, causing widespread damage. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore declared a state of emergency at approximately 7:30 p.m. and has asked residents not to leave their homes unless it's a life-threatening emergency. 

Winds of between 60 and 70 miles per hour roared through the area.


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6:51 p.m. — Rodney Hart reported that a tree came down in the alley behind his home at 914 Washington and smashed a car while damaging a shed and garage. He noted that another neighbor had the top of a pine tree fall on his car.

"There are all kinds of trees down around here," he said.

6:53 p.m. -- Mayor Kyle Moore canceled Monday night's City Council meeting.

6:56 p.m. — The Dr. Richard Eells house was damaged by a tree that fell on top of the back of the building..

6:57 p.m. — Staff Writer Alyse Thompson reports that traffic is blocked in three directions at the intersection of 12th and State.

6;57 p.m. -- Copy Desk Chief Jason Lewton says buildings along Jail Alley have been damaged by the storm.

6:58 p.m. -- Staff Photographer Michael Kipley reports that the roof off the building at 832 Hampshire was blown off and fell on the building at 836 Hampshire.

7:03 p.m. -- Kipley reports that several storefronts around Eighth and Main had their windows blown out, and that two trees are down near 12th and Kentucky.

7:16 p.m. -- Dwain Preston reports his home near 18th and Vermont was spared, but two large trees in the front yard and one in the backyard have fallen, and the air conditioning unit in his home was demolished.

7:14 p.m. -- Jersey is blocked between Ninth and 11th because of downed wires.

7:21 p.m. -- Thompson reports plenty of trees are down near 13th and Ohio. She says it appears emergency vehicles are having trouble getting to the area because 12th and State is blocked.

7:23 p.m. - Sports Editor Matt Schuckman says a tree is down blocking traffic near 28th and College.

7:25 p.m. -- Wes Leffert tells Lewton that a large oak tree at 1225 Lind was knocked down. "I've been here 34 years, and it was that big then," he said.

7:35 p.m. -- Ameren Illinois reports 7,652 customers in the 62301 ZIP code are without power. Nearly one-third of Ameren's customers in the 62305 ZIP code are without power (1,005 out of 3,177). Nearly 46 percent of Ameren customers in Adams Countyt are without power (12,576 outages out of 27,307 customers).

7:42 p.m. -- Brian Shoemaker reports the power is out, multiple cable and power lines are down, and dozens of snapped trees and limbs are found in Griggsville.

7:43 p.m. -- Maine Street is blocked between 12th and 15th because of fallen trees.

7:50 p.m -- Brandy Riley said she was in the living room of her home at 630 Madison, watching the storm from the window. "I heard the siren go off, and as soon as I turned around to go downstairs, the tree came down (on the house)," she said. Riley said she was home with her three children and her boyfriend. Everybody was unharmed. She said a neighbor's truck was crushed by a different tree.

7:54 p.m. -- The home of Jeremy Platt at 1825 Cherry is damaged by a tree falling on it.

7:55 p.m. -- 7th Ward Alderman Terri Heinecke was in her car at City Hall when the storm hit. "I've never been so scared in my life," she told Hopf.

8:06 p.m. -- Ameren Illinois reports 70 percent of its Adams County customers are without power (19,250 customers out of 27,307).

8:26 p.m. -- A caller to The Herald-Whig newsroom says two trees lave fallen near the Lampe Hi-Rise building, creating a partial blockage of Broadway near Sixth Street. Also, two traffic signals near that intersection are in the street as well. 

9:50 p.m. - Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said the department called a fourth alarm to have crews man reserve trucks.

9:54 p.m. - Ameren Illinois reports 78 percent of its Adams County customers are without power. In Pike County, 40 percent of customers are without power.

9:59 p.m. -- Quincy Transit buses will not be operating Tuesday.

10:13 p.m. - The Adams County Emergency Management Agency said a shelter is being set up at the Quincy Senior Center for those impacted by storm damage.

10:45 p.m. -- Four out of five homes in Adams County are without power tonight. (21,638 homes out of 27,307 - 79 percent). Tuesday's forecast calls for a high temperature of 94 degrees.

11:03 p.m. -- Quincy Medical Group's main campus has no power. Backup generators are running. All QMG rural sites have power and will be open Tuesday.

2 a.m. - Ameren emphasizes getting power restored won't be a quick process.

5:48 a.m. - Good news: People in Adams County are starting to get power back. Bad news: The percentage of people without power went from 80 percent to 72 percent.

6:45 a.m. - Adams County EMA says the Adams County Courthouse will be closed Tuesday; the Kroc Center says it will not open Tuesday.

6:50 a.m. - Mayor Kyle Moore says garbage and recycling service will not occur Tuesday. Traffic signals are still not operational. Moore urges people to stay home if they do not need to travel, and to treat intersections without signals like four-way stops.

7 a.m. - 87 percent of Ameren Illinois' 19,851 customers in the 62301 ZIP code are without power. Every Ameren customer in the 62365 ZIP code (Payson-Plainville area) is without power. Ninety-five percent or more of Ameren Illinois customers in Griggsville, Perry, Payson, Baylis, New Salem and Beverly are without power.

7:20 a.m. - Mike Jenkins says the Quincy Mall will be closed Tuesday. Preliminary indications are the mall may not get power for a day or two.

7:35 a.m. - Power was restored to Quincy Medical Group and the facility is open Tuesday.

7:51 a.m. - Tuesday's Lunch in the Park with the Mayor has been canceled.

8:04 a.m. - Mill Creek Water District customers are under a boil order because of low pressure in the water mains.

8:06 a.m. - Adams County Clerk Chuck Venvertloh said he is waiting to hear if Tuesday's County Board meeting will be canceled.

8:08 a.m. - Nathaniel Jones of Niemann Foods Inc. says County Market on 24th Street is open, along with the deli, bakery and coffee shop. The company is working to get the 48th and Broadway location open soon. County Market also is helping at the Kroc Center to put together a free lunch for anyone in need of relief.

8:59 a.m. - Adams County Emergency Operations Center says it will hold a press conference at noon at 222 N. 52nd Street. John Simon, Adams County Emergency Management Director, along with Mayor Kyle Moore, will address storm damage and give an update on the current assessment.

• Adams Electric and Ameren are working to restore power to residents. The companies anticipate some power restoration in the overnight hours and significant restoration by late night Wednesday.

• The Adams County Ambulance Department emphasizes the need for heat safety. While working outside clearing debris, it is important to remain hydrated, take frequent breakings and use shelters if needed. Anyone experiencing heat realted injurey/illness, call 911 right away.

• The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York.

• A mobile feeding center will be set up in the Quincy Mall parking lot to serve lunch and dinner. The Kroc Center will serve lunch and dinner. The Red Cross will hand out water bottles in the areas of north Broadway and the Salvation Army will hand out water bottles in areas South of Broadway.

• All Park District parks are closed Tuesday; programs are not running and all facilities are locked.

1:04 p.m. -- Staff Writer Edward Husar reports a fallen tree in Washington Park just missed the Lincoln-Douglas monument.

1:06 p.m. -- A 150-year-old Civil War monument is broken at Woodland Cemetery.

2:05 p.m. -- Ameren Illinois has opened a customer service mobile outreach station at Quincy's City Hall, 730 Maine. It's open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2:25 p.m. -- County market is offering a free bag of ice to anyone in need at its 48th and Broadway parking lot.

2:40 p.m. -- The All-America City presentation that was scheduled for Wednesday night at QU has been postponed. No makeup date has been set.

2:44 p.m. -- U.S. Cellular is offering a portable charging station with free wi-fi at its store at 3119 Broadway.

2:54 p.m. -- Five household waste collection sites have been set up around the city. They are the Quincy Mall north parking lot; Quincy Park District’s parking lot, 1231 Bonasinga Drive; HyVee at 14th & Harrison, near the bustop; John Wood Community College, 1301 South 48th; QU Stadium Parking Lot, 18th and Sycamore. 

2:58 p.m. -- Ameren reports 74.8 percent of homes in 62301 ZIP code are without power. That's down from over 90 percent earlier today. In the 62305 ZIP code, there are 825 residences (26 percent) without power. 

5:30 a.m. Wednesday - Nearly 10,000 Ameren Illinois customers - more than 50 percent - in the 62301 ZIP code are without power as of 5:30 a.m. Twenty-one percent of customers are still without power in the 62305 ZIP code. 

8:43 a.m. Wednesday - The Quincy Family YMCA has power and will be open today.

8:45 a.m. Wednesday - The Quincy Mall has power and will be open today.