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Power outages could last for days

More than 2,000 electric customers in Evanston reportedly are still without power late this afternoon and city officials now say ComEd is estimating that some residents may not have power restored until Friday.

More than 2,000 electric customers in Evanston reportedly are still without power late this afternoon and city officials now say ComEd is estimating that some residents may not have power restored until Friday.

Residents without power are being asked to report the problem by calling ComEd's toll-free number 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) so they can get updates directly from the utility.

City officials say more than 600 people have called the city's 311 center to request assistance and information. Residents can use that number to report downed trees, road hazards or for other information.

If the loss of power requires emergency medical or police assistance, residents are asked to call 911.

The Evanston Police and Fire Departments will have an increased presence tonight  in the areas impacted by the power outage and the Citizens Emergency Response Team has been called out for service overnight..

ComEd says a total of more than 400,000 customers lost power across the metro area at the peak of the storm's damage. It says that as of mid-afternoon today about half of those customers had their power back on. Nearly 700 crews from several states are working to restore electric service.

In the immediate area, Skokie apparently was hit worse than Evanston by the storm with more than 7,000 customers without power there.

ComEd suggests that customers experiencing a prolonged power outage should:

  • Turn off all appliances including your furnace, water heater, and water pump.
  • Leave a lamp on so you can know when power has been restored.
  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed and open them only when necessary. Food will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer, if the door remains closed. A half-full freezer will generally keep food frozen for 24 hours.
  • Customers who are on medical support equipment are strongly encouraged to evacuate to a place where they can be comfortable and safe. 

Northwestern University officials this afternoon reported that 43 buildings on the Evanston campus were still without power as a result of the storm, but some were operating with backup generators.

Most of the affected buildings were dorms. Academic, research and most administrative buildings do have power and the university remains open for business. Fewer students than usual are on campus because the university has just begun its summer session.

Evanston officials say city forestry crews will pick up limbs and branches from both private and public trees that were damaged in the storm. Next week crews will pick up tree limbs and branches from parkways on the same day as regular garbage and recycling pick-ups.

Limbs and branches must be on the parkway before 7 a.m. on the pick-up day.  

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