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State Of Emergency In Lake County In Aftermath Of Storms

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Lake County State Of Emergency

A state of emergency is in effect in Lake County for damage to trees and power lines from the storms Monday, such as here at Sheridan and York House roads. (Credit: CBS)

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) — A state of emergency is in effect in north suburban Lake County, due to damage and power problems from the storms on Monday.

As CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, power lines and trees are down in many areas. For one example, at Sheridan and York House roads near Illinois Beach State Park, trees are still tangled in some of the primary lines, and the feeders going to houses are all ripped apart.

In some cases, the wires are hanging low. In many areas, vehicles are pinned underneath.

The state of emergency is in effect due to the widespread damage, which will require lengthy recovery operations that will take financial assistance at the state and federal level.

It is not certain whether Lake County will actually receive assistance from the federal government or the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Power outages also remain widespread in the area, and have prompted a boil order in Wadsworth.

The county says those served by the Wadsworth Oaks homeowners’ association water system must boil their water for three to five minutes, or use bottled water, due to the power failure. The affected are is located south of Wadsworth Road between Shagbark and Burr Oak lanes.

As of 6 a.m., 199,000 ComEd customers remained without power as a result of the Monday morning storms, and 125,000 of them were in the northern suburbs.

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