Storm Response: ComEd restores 99 percent of services

Staff Reports

ComEd has restored power to 99 percent of the more than 61,000 customers that were affected by Thursday’s fast-moving storms.

More than 300 ComEd crews have worked throughout the night Thursday and on Friday to safely and efficiently restore service to the remainder of the storm-impacted customers.

ComEd estimates that since the start of the storm on Thursday evening, almost 61,200 customers have been affected by the severe weather, of which approximately 400 remain out of service.

“Our number one priority is restoring power to every customer as quickly and safely as possible,” said Terence R. Donnelly, executive vice president and chief operating officer for ComEd.

“Our thoughts are with those in the areas so profoundly impacted by this destructive storm.  We are working with local officials in these areas to ensure everyone’s safety and are doing all we can to provide additional resources to support them.”

ISP continues search and rescue work

Illinois State Police are continuing to help rescue efforts in the two areas most heavily damaged by Thursday night’s storms.

In the Rochelle area, approximately 49 structures were damaged, with over 30 entirely. In the Fairdale area, approximately 71 structures were reported to have damage, with 20 entirely lost.

Two deaths in the Fairdale area have been confirmed, 11 serious injuries requiring transport and numerous minor injuries have been reported throughout the region, as well as several pet deaths. One area restaurant, Grubsteakers, was hit while approximately 12 patrons were inside though no life-threatening injuries were sustained.

Final rescue efforts are now concentrated in DeKalb County. All structures have been searched but cadaver dogs are being utilized as not all residents have been accounted for.

Salvation Army canteens providing support in Northern Illinois

Salvation Army canteens remained in Kirkland throughout the night following the storms to provide food and refreshments to first responders conducting search and evacuation in areas affected by the tornadoes.

As of 5:30 a.m. Friday two canteens remained on Main Street just south of 72 in Kirkland.

Salvation Army canteens are complete kitchens on wheels used primarily at disaster sites to provide food to workers and residents.

Salvation Army staff and volunteers worked preparing breakfast to be served by the canteens this morning.

The Salvation Army is readying to continue supporting search efforts and in the following days serving residents as they return to clean up and rebuild.

Monetary donations are being accepted to assist in this and future disasters at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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