Power Outage Roundup

Heavy storms knock out power to local institutions and neighborhoods. What are you seeing out there?

Update, Wednesday 12:11 p.m. Wednesday Journal reports 1,000 customers remain without power in Oak Park and River Forest. From the village of River Forest's officials website:

A representative from Com Ed contacted Village Hall today, July 4th, to provide an update on electrical repairs in River Forest.  Due to the large extent of the damage, electrical work can only begin once tree removal/trimming is completed.  Crews are working on that right now.  New electrical poles are required and are expected to arrive later today.  Once all trees/limbs are clear of the work area, electrical repairs will begin.  Com Ed anticipates retoring power to remaining customers in River Forest by the end of today (July 4th).  Unfortunately, at this time there is no exact estimate on what time the power will be restored. 

Meanwhile, the village of River Forest has set up a Dumpster for spoiled food. It will be placed along Central Avenue behind  

Update, 10:08 a.m. Tuesday The Main Branch of the Oak Park Public Library reopened at 9 a.m. Tuesday. From spokeswoman Jodi Kolo: "Almost all web services are up, and we expect Online Tools and ebook download services to be restored very soon."

Update, 8:33 a.m. Tuesday From Dominican University spokeswoman Jessica Mackinnon — "Just wanted to let you know that power has been restored at both our Main and Priory campuses and classes will be held on both campuses as regularly scheduled. The Goedert Early Childhood Education Center and the ELS program, both of which are located at our Priory Campus, are also open." 

From Oak Park Village Clerk Teresa Powell — The area near Village Hall and south of there lost power late last night...still off this morning.

Update, 2:05 p.m. River Forest Dep. Chief Craig Rutz says stop signs have replaced traffic lights east and west on North Avenue throughout River Forest. The intersection of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue was still without a traffic light. 

Piles of branches and cut-up trees were waiting to be picked up throughout Oak Park and River Forest. 

Some traffic lights were out in Oak Park including the intersection of Garfield and East avenues.  

Update, 1:45 p.m. River Forest Village Administrator Eric Palm said roughly 2,000 households remain without power. For perspective, there are about 4,500 electrical customers in River Forest. 

For those looking for some relief from the heat, the and remain open. 

ComEd crews remain on the scene of a downed wire on Washington Boulevard between Keystone and Gale Avenues, which has forced local detours. 

Update, 1:21 p.m. Just got word (via email newsletter) from our friends at , 911 S. Lombard Blvd. in Oak Park. Monday's "Shake Your Soul" class has been canceled tonight ("no power, no music") but yoga classes will go on as scheduled.

Original story: Around 11:45 a.m. Monday, about 22,000 people in the Chicago-Maywood area, which includes Oak Park and River Forest, still were without power.

"We are working around the clock to restore power as quickly and as safely
as we possibly can," a ComEd spokesman said.

Company officials say power was restored to more than 200,000 customers whose power was knocked out by yesterday's fast-moving storm.

Be sure to check in with ComEd's real-time outage map and their mobile application, which sends alerts of estimated restoration times and other important outage information to your phone.

Dominican University

The Priory and Main campuses of remain closed and daytime classes have been canceled. University officials say they'll be posting information about the status of evening classes by 3:30 p.m. on the university's "Campus News " page, located here.

Dominican University has experienced a power outage due to the storm that hit River Forest yesterday, July 1. Both the Priory and Main campuses, as well as the Crown Library, remain closed and daytime classes are cancelled. Please check Campus News for further updates. Information will be posted by 3:30 p.m. today, July 2, regarding the status of evening classes.

Oak Park Public Library Branches

The main branch of the , 834 Lake St., is closed. The library's websites are also shut down temporarily. For updates on power restorations and re-openings, check out the Library's Facebook page.

The good news? is open, and library officials say you can still manage your account via the SWAN catalog at http://swan.mls.lib.il.us/

We want to hear from you! What else is going on out there? 

Adnan Bashir July 02, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Any idea when electricity services will get fully restored in River Forest?
Casey Cora July 03, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hi Adnan. According to ComEd's outage map, there are a couple dozen River Forest customers without power. Are you back up yet?


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