Notification - July 13th, 2011 Severe Weather Response - 4:30 p.m. Update

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July 13th Severe Weather Response - 4:30 p.m. Update

As of 4:30pm on July 13th, the Village of Gurnee had 3,600 outages, this is down from 12,000 at the peak of the storm.  As of 5:00pm last night, over 8,000 Gurnee residents were still without power, at 10:00am today this number had decreased to 5,300.  Approximately 71% of the Gurnee customer base has been restored as of 4:30pm this afternoon.  Com Ed estimates that 90% of customers in the northern region should be restored by midnight tomorrow night, with 99% restored by midnight Friday, July 15th.  This is sooner than originally estimated.  A Com Ed representative is on-site and working directly with municipal leaders to prioritize locations and mobile resources.  The number of Com Ed crews working in the Gurnee-area today is expected to double.  In addition, over 50 more crews arrived in the Gurnee area this afternoon to help address outages in the Village and surrounding areas. 

Overall, Com Ed has restored power to 715,000 customers since the start of the storm, leaving 157,000 still without power.  Of this 157,000, a majority (106,000) are located in Com Ed's northern territory, which includes Gurnee.  Currently over 400 Com Ed crews are working around the clock to restore service, with additional crews now arriving from states as far away as Georgia. 

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.

Gurnee Public Works efforts are focused on clearing the public streets and public walkways of debris; in addition to removing broken branches still hanging from parkway trees that may be hazardous to the safety of our residents.  Three chipping crews are working to remove debris from the right of way placed at the curb.  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


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