Falling Ice In Downtown Cause Street Closures, Worries For Chicagoans

Mike Krauser
November 29, 2018 - 2:27 pm

Mike Krauser


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Dangerous ice falling from skyscrapers is the latest development from Sunday's snowstorm affecting Chicago. Around midday on Nov. 29, ice falling ice closed a portion of Franklin Street between Madison and Washington and police were out with caution tape, blocking off the road and closing some pedestrian walkways.

No injuries were reported, although one vehicle was damaged by falling ice on Delaware, police said. It was not immediately clear how long the streets would remain closed.

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications tweeted that Superior Avenue is still closed from Wells to LaSalle because of the ice. 

The Hancock Building was littered with police and firefighters to keep people safe and the chaos outside Michigan Avenue had people worried about the ice falling. Some told WBBM that being around skyscrapers during this time is frightening. People took to social media to show what it was like to see ice falling from inside and outside their work.

"It's pretty astounding actually but better to be safe than sorry," one man said.

Falling ice is also around the Willis Tower and even by the Expressway, where ice has hit road signs and caused car pil-ups and delays. 

The National Weather Service of Chicago issues light freezing rain for the night that is scheduled to start early in the evening and end between 3 to 5 a.m. Minor glazing could be possible and slick roads, slowed travel and even slippery walking conditions will be in effect, now that temperatures have climbed slightly.