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Storm Damage

412 Still Without Power After Sunday Storms, But Many Taking It All In Stride

Though they were without power for days, neighbors in one hard-hit part of West Chicago have high praise for ComEd crews who’ve been working around the clock.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012

Storm Damage

Thousands Still Without Power After Storms

Thousands of homes and businesses across the Chicago area remained without power Tuesday, after a fast-moving round of storms on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

Tree Down

Many Could Be Without Power For Days After Storms

The storms on Sunday produced only dark skies and rumbles of thunder with no rain at all in some areas, but other areas were hit with powerful winds that have left a trail of extensive damage, and power outages that cold last for days.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

ComEd Power Yard

ComEd Details Improvements To Storm Response Process

One year after the high winds and snow from the blizzard of 2011 pummeled its service territory, Commonwealth Edison on Sunday announced a number of steps taken and investments made to enhance its storm response process.


Thieves are targeting power lines for copper.. (CBS)

Copper Thefts May Lead To Power Outages In Indiana

A spike in copper thefts may lead to power outages in northern Indiana.


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Traffic Crash Knocks Out Power To 1,500 In Skokie

A traffic crash took down two power poles in Skokie early Tuesday, leaving more than 1,500 power customers without electricity.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2011

ComEd Power Yard

ComEd Won’t Reimburse Customers For Damages From Storm Outages

ComEd said Wednesday that it should not be held liable for some damages that resulted from power outages in this summer’s storms. But some customers said that’s not fair and they should be compensated for all the damage and waste when the lights and power went out.

CBS 2–08/24/2011

ComEd Repairs

ComEd Crews Work All Night To Restore Power After Loop Mishap

ComEd crews worked all night, after an equipment malfunction sent repugnant black smoke spewing into the downtown air, and knocked out power to several Loop buildings.

CBS Chicago–08/24/2011

Power Outages

ComEd Heckled At Hearing On Power Outages

A standing-room-only crowd filled a Highland Park Country Club ballroom on Tuesday as ComEd officials tried to explain the response to this summer’s storms, and how the utility hopes to improve performance in the future.

WBBM Newsradio–08/16/2011

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Carol Stream Mayor: Diseased Trees Are Contributing To Outages

Carol Stream Mayor Frank Savarino says he is looking for ways to assist homeowners whose aged or diseased trees on private property are contributing the town’s power problems.

WBBM Newsradio–08/03/2011

Frankfort Fire

5,700 ComEd Customers Still Without Power After Storms

Nearly 6,000 homes and businesses in the Chicago area were still without power Wednesday afternoon, after two powerful thunderstorms swept through the area overnight.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2011

Lake Shore Drive Flooding

Latest Deluge Shuts Down Lake Shore Drive

Yet another deluge swamped the Chicago area overnight, producing so much flooding that Lake Shore Drive had to be shut down.

CBS Chicago–07/29/2011

Palatine Flooding

Latest Storms Spark Lightning Fires; Flood Threat Continues

The city of Chicago officially has set a new record for rainfall in the month of July, as a new round of storms brought lightning that set homes on fire, and a serious threat of flooding continues.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Lakeview Outage

Dozens Of Residents Lose Power In Lakeview

Dozens of residents of the Lakeview neighborhood lost power Thursday morning, when a transformer blew out.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2011

Power Outage

Storms Knock Out Power To Thousands In Libertyville

A brief round of thunderstorms in the wee hours Wednesday knocked out power to thousands of customers in Libertyville.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2011

Power Outage

Everyone Has Power Back, But Heat Now Worries ComEd

It was about 24 hours shy of a full week after the violent storm last week when the final ComEd customers got their power back.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Summer Sun

Could Coming Heat Wave Mean More Outages?

The power crisis from the storms on Monday have caused immense frustration for hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicago area, but could a heat wave coming this weekend mean a whole new round of outages?

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Power Outage

ComEd Plans To Have All Power Restored By Day’s End

ComEd is stepping up its timeline for restoring electricity from the storm at the beginning of the week, with plans to get the lights back on for every customer later today.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011

Power Outages

Power Crisis Wearing Thin For Chicago Area Residents

Patience is wearing thin, as more than 100,000 customers in Chicago and the suburbs remain without power now four days after the brief, but violent, storm that caused their condition.

CBS Chicago–07/14/2011

Owners at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee had to throw out $20,000 to $30,000 of spoiled food after going more than two days without power in the wake of a thunderstorm on Monday, July 11, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Long Power Outages Cost Restaurants Thousands

This week’s major storm has been a nightmare for residents, with thousands of homeowners going more than 48 hours without power. But imagine owning a restaurant and having no power for more than two days. Imagine the mess and the smell of all the spoiling food.

CBS 2–07/13/2011