As of 4:30pm on July 14th, the Village of Gurnee had 1,400 outages, this is down from 12,000 at the peak of the storm. Approximately 88.5% of the Gurnee customer base has been restored as of 4:30pm this afternoon. In addition to smaller outages scattered across the Village, substantial outages are still impacting areas north of Grand Avenue along Route 21, as well as areas between O'Plaine Road and Route 41, both to the north and south of Grand Avenue. Com Ed estimates that 95% of customers in the northern region should be restored by midnight tonight, with 100% restored by midnight tomorrow, July 15th. A Com Ed representative is on-site and working directly with municipal leaders to prioritize locations and mobile resources. In addition, contract crews from states such as Georgia and Alabama have mobilized at Gurnee Mills Mall and are assisting Com Ed in the Village.
Since the beginning of the storm, Com Ed has restored power to over 795,000 customers. Currently 78,000 remain without power. Of this 78,000, approximately 63,000 are located in the northern territory, which includes Gurnee. To date, Com Ed has installed over 50 miles of new wire and over 300 new utility poles. ComEd currently has nearly 850 crews in the field, including mutual support from utilities in Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Crews from Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee also are assisting ComEd.
Residents should call 1-800-Edison-1 to report down wires. In addition, if your power is restored and then goes out again, please report it to Com Ed. If your immediate nieghbors are on and your power remains out, this should also be reported to 1-800-Edison-1.
Public Works crews continue to work through the Village removing downed trees and the many brush piles. The Village currently has seven crews actively working in different areas of the Village. These crews will once again work into the evening hours tonight and tomorrow. While the Village cannot assist homeowners in the cutting, clearing, or transporting of privately owned trees from your yard, we will assist with debris removal as long as it placed in the parkway in orderly piles with cut ends facing the street. Please be sure NOT to block the public streets or walkways when placing branches in the parkway. Public Works will make multiple trips over a period of weeks through the Village to remove brush. It is NOT necessary to call the Village to report brush that is ready to be collected.
Residents utilizing portable generators are reminded to follow all safety precautions outlined in the owner’s manual. In addition, residents with damaged overhead service lines where they enter the home should be aware that portions may be their responsibility for repair. More information on both topics can be found on the Village’s website at www.gurnee.il.us.