Power Outage in Northcenter

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Eddie Vuelvas and George Gamarra try to stay cool during the power outage on the 2400 W. Hutchinson block. Photo by Mike Fourcher.

Northcenter residents west of Western Avenue have been reporting power outages since 4 p.m. today. Power has not affected traffic lights on Western. The Center Square Journal received numerous reports by phone and Twitter from residents without power.

Residents trying to beat the 90-degree heat opened their windows and doors and poured out onto sidewalks, creating?impromptu?neighborhood meetings.

“We have gotten reports from residents and made a call to ComEd this afternoon,” said Robert Rawls, Communications Director for Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th). Rawls says Commonwealth Edison plans to have power back on by 6:30 p.m. this evening.

We contacted Commonwealth Edison media relations, and media staff say they expect to have more details later this evening.

Update: Residents in Lincoln Square, east of Lincoln Avenue, also reported power outages. “ComEd told me that 2,300 people have power out,” said resident Tonia Rumrill Nelson. Nelson’s power was back on by 5:45 p.m.

Update (7/7, 9:36 a.m.): By 5:30, 1,700 customers were back in service, while remaining customers did not get back on line until midnight this morning, according to Jeff Burdick, ComEd Media Relations. ComEd reports that the outage began at 4 p.m., and that?2,319 customers were affected within the area of Lawrence Avenue to Irving Park Road and Ravenswood Avenue to Francisco Avenue.

“It is suspected that an underground cable fault needs to be repaired. We need to do a bit of work to get that repaired, but our crews were able to reroute the power to get people back in service,” said Burdick. “We will be doing additional work to locate the site of the problem and then replace that cable.”

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