A powerful storm hit Greater Alton on Saturday afternoon, producing straight-line winds that caused damage throughout the area.
City of Alton Park and Recreation Department crews were still on the streets Monday morning clearing debris from sidewalks and streets. Local businesses suffered minor to moderate damage because of downed trees and high winds.
Weather forecasts called for heavy rain over Mother’s Day weekend, leaving street crews short-handed for the cleanup. More than 40,000 residents suffered power outages throughout the area that ranged from minutes to nearly 24 hours, keeping some in the dark until Sunday evening. Ameren Illinois, along with municipality street departments, worked Saturday evening and into Sunday to restore power and clean up the area.
As of Monday morning, limited power outages remained. The Alton Catholic Children’s Home property received tree damage and downed power lines, but the building remained safe from harm. Teena’s Day Spa and Boutique, 1020 W. Delmar Ave. in Godfrey, remained open following Saturday’s storm after a tree toppled onto the roof and upper floors, causing damage near the front entrance. Clients are asked to use the side entrance when visiting the spa. U.S. Bank experienced minor wind damage that resulted in downed limbs and bent awnings.