ComEd restored power to the McGaw YMCA late this afternoon and, after a safety check, Evanston Fire officials gave the OK for residents to start moving back into the building.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says most of the 90 or so residents forced from the building last night by a transformer fire had already made their way back to the building, in anticipation of a scheduled outdoor Fourth of July barbeque at the Y, and city officials were making plans to bus the remaining residents back from the emergency shelter at the Robert Crown Center by early evening.

Bobkiewicz says that as of 4 p.m. today nearly all the other customers left without power around the city overnight were back online. He says ComEd is investigating the cause of the problems, which started with scattered power failures downtown and elsewhere in the city about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon and will make a report to the city about what happened later this week.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Thanks to all

    Partnership – Professionalism – Pride
    I’d like to shine a light on the events of Saturday evening / Sunday at the McGaw YMCA. The partnership between the YMCA, the City of Evanston – fire department, parks and rec., and city officials (the Mayor and City Manager were out in front of the YMCA at midnight offering their support) – and American Red Cross was amazing. Once the decision was made to offer alternate housing for our resident members, it took a remarkably short time for the Robert Crown Center to be opened and staffed, a City van and driver ready to go, and Red Cross volunteers to have cots, bedding, food, and comfort kits ready and waiting. The people and processes were professional every step of the way. We all have reason to be proud – when we needed partnership and professionalism most, we got it. A huge thank you to all.
    Bill Geiger – President / CEO, McGaw YMCA and proud Evanston resident
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