Storm aftermath updates

Information for those impacted by yesterday’s storms in Sangamon County.

  • Officials are warning residents not to attempt to clear trees or other debris from power lines and all lines should be treated as live even in areas where power is out.
  • Drivers should proceed cautiously as traffic lights could be out and plan to treat intersections as a four-way stop.
  • Power outages persist. Springfield residents can view and track their electric service status by inputting their street address and phone number from the outage map at
  • Springfield City Water Light and Power (CWLP) Outage webpage


From a press release from Village of Chatham (6/30/23 – 10:30 a.m.)

Additional storms are in the forecast for today and through the weekend, please continue to use caution around storm areas and be alert for downed power lines and other hazards 

Limb Removal

The Village has established three locations for dropping any branches removed from yards. These areas are ONLY for tree debris. The locations are: 

  1. The southwest parking lot in Community Park near Main Street. 
  2. The rocked, empty lot on the west side of Veterans’ Memorial Square 
  3. The empty lot on the corner of Plummer Boulevard and White Birch Drive. Access to the lot is off White Birch Drive. Please do not dump limbs in the school property on the north side of Plummer. 

Use extreme caution in these areas and around the heavy equipment that is present throughout the Village. 

Cooling needs and internet access

The Chatham Area Public Library is currently open, with power, internet, and air conditioning for those that are in need. Normal hours for the Library extend to 5 pm this evening, and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. 

Park availability during storm recovery

As the Village continues to recover and clean-up from yesterday’s storm, please take note of the following closures and cautions: 

  • The Chatham Memorial Square is closed. 
  • The west end of Community Park near the baseball fields is being used as branch staging and heavy equipment will be active in the area, please avoid the is area. The areas around the football fields, soccer fields, pickleball courts and playgrounds is open. Please use Park Avenue for entrance and exit to the area and only park in those lots. 
  • Jaycee Park is open. 
  • West Park and the Dog Park are open. Use extensive caution in the area of the playground around any low power lines. 

In all areas, please use extra caution around fallen limbs and debris, and be alert for hazards. 

Debris Cleanup

The Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief program is offering their services of debris cleanup and removal (trees/vegetation) from private properties. There is no fee for their services & they bring the people and equipment to cut-up and move debris to the curb. If you need their assistance, please call 618-889-1938

Cooling Centers in Sangamon County

Municipal Center East

Located at 800 E. Monroe St.

Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Municipal Center West

Located at 300 S. Seventh St.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Lincoln Library

Located at 326 S. Seventh St.

Open in a limited capacity

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday

Salvation Army

Located at 1600 Clear Lake Ave.

Entrance on south side, off of Martin Luther King Drive

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday

Salvation Army Overflow Shelter

221 N. 11th Street

Overnight Shelter

7 days a week

7:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Day Center

Mon.-Fri. 10:0 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (88 degrees or higher)

Sat.-Sun. hours subject to staff and heat index

Office of Community Relations

Located at 1450 Groth St.

From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Washington Street Mission

Located at 408 N. Fourth St.

Open from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday