Brookfield Zoo Grounds See ‘meaningful Damage’ From harsh Storms – NBC Chicago

Brookfield Zoo Grounds See ‘meaningful Damage’ From harsh Storms – NBC Chicago




A harsh storm with tornado-like conditions ripped by the Chicago area Monday, leaving hail, downed and divided trees, damage to buildings and strength outages in its path.

Some of the storm’s most destructive work was in the Chicago suburbs, west of the city, including Streamwood, Bellwood, Riverside, and already Brookfield Zoo.

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Storm damage at Brookfield Zoo on June 14, 2022.

In a statement, Zoo officials said that meaningful damaged to the grounds occurred, and that the Zoo would be opening late as a consequence.

PLEASE BE ADVISED – THE ZOO WILL OPEN AT 1:00 p.m. TODAY
We received meaningful damage to our grounds due to last night’s storm. We will be clearing downed trees and pathways and assessing the extensive damage this morning.

— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) June 14, 2022

In the Zoo’s lion surrounding, large trees that snapped and ended up criss-crossing the moat. As a consequence, the lions will keep indoors Tuesday.

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Storm damage in the Lion Tree Yard at Brookfield Zoo on June 14, 2022.

Walkways for Zoo visitors were strewn with tree branches, leaving debris across paths and fences in need of repair.

Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

Storm damage at Brookfield Zoo on June 14, 2022.

David Burns, CFO, Brookfield Zoo

“It was fast and furious is how I might say it,” said Brookfield Zoo CFO David Burns, of the storm. “Luckily, the buildings are in pretty good shape we somehow lucked out on that in a big way — just trees, limbs.”

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Storm damage at Brookfield Zoo’s beer garden on June 14, 2022.

While the Zoo will open for visitors Tuesday — albeit late — some areas won’t be easy to reach until more extensive repairs are done.

According to officials, no animals were hurt, and all substantial structures are nevertheless in tact.

Jim Schulz/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

Storm damage at Brookfield Zoo on June 14, 2022.

Earlier Tuesday, the National Weather Service tweeted out a statement that it was sending a team to Chicago suburbs including Streamwood, Roselle and Schaumberg, to survey for possible tornado damage.

The agency said it may also sending storm surveyors out to several cities near the Zoo, including Bellwood, Maywood and Westchester to follow up on reports of damage.



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