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ComEd says some outages could linger into Saturday

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:03 p.m. CDT
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(Lathan Goumas)
Lathan Goumas - lgoumas@shawmedia.com A ComEd employee works on electrical lines in Plainfield on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Crews continued Thursday to work to return power to residents in the area.

About 2,400 Will County households still were without power Thursday afternoon, and some might have to wait for Saturday.

In Grundy County, crews worked Thursday to restore power to a little more than 700 households that have been without electricity since a pair of powerful storms swept through northern Illinois on Monday night.

As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, 2,400 homes in Will County were waiting to have power restored by ComEd, said Tom Murray, deputy director for operations of the Will County Emergency Management Agency.

ComEd spokesperson Noelle Gaffney said the utility hoped to have all service restored by Friday evening, although some outages could linger into Saturday. The utility previously said it could be done by Thursday.

All told, about 9,400 homes still were without power in the region, mostly in the south, Gaffney said. ComEd has about 1,200 crews and subcontractors out making repairs.

Part of the problem has been that the damage is so widespread.

“They’re generally scattered in a variety of areas,” said Harold Damron, director of the Will County Emergency Management Agency. “Wilmington still has a relatively big number out. They make up about a third of the overall number with about 1,000 still out.”

Other clusters include parts of Joliet and Romeoville, Damron said.

“Most of the big fixes are finished. Now they’re concentrating on the little fixes,” Damron said.

As many as 56,000 ComEd customers in Will County did not have power at one point after the storms.

Damron said much of the damage appeared to be caused by branches and trees knocking down power lines. Winds up to 90 mph were clocked in some areas, as well as a small tornado that briefly touched down along the boundary of Plainfield and Romeoville.

“It didn’t help that there was so much rain,” Damron said. “When the ground is that soft, the trees uproot a lot easier.”

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