More than 1,800 ComEd customers in south Evanston are reportedly without power at this hour after two power failures along Howard Street.

Current weather forecasts call for extreme cold temperatures and wind chills to persist into Thursday morning. Two to three inches of snow is expected on Thursday evening as temperatures begin to rise.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the Fire Department has responded to 14 calls for service so far today — many of those calls have involved broken water pipes and power failures setting off fire alarms.

Bobkiewicz says six residents are staying warm at the Levy Center and two children are participating in drop-in activities at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

Several entrance/exit gates at the Sherman Plaza parking garage are stuck. Staff have opened them manually and are allowing vehicles to enter and exit. A burst water pipe at Optima Views has not impacted parking at the Maple Avenue garage. 

All outstanding heating issues at city facilities have been resolved.

The elevator at the CTA Davis station has been repaired, but the elevator at the Howard Street station is now out of service.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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