Thousands Still Without Power, ComEd Looking To Restore Quickly

Bernie Tafoya
November 27, 2018 - 11:45 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Tens of thousands of people are still dealing with power outages from this week's snowstorm and ComEd said some of those people may not have electricity restored until Thursday.

At last report, ComEd said 43,000 homes and businesses were without power throughout the Chicago area. Especially hard-hit are the northwestern suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines and Mt. Prospect.  ComEd said most of those people should have power back by sometime Wednesday.

Tom Winters said electricity went out in his house at midnight Sunday night. He said the temperature was about 40-degrees and dropping in his house in Arlington Heights on Tuesday morning.

"We stayed at a local hotel last night so we came back home today. My wife went to work. I’m going to go to work later today and see what happens," he said.

The Winters expect to return to the hotel Tuesday night because power is not expected to be restored until sometime Wednesday. 

Winters said he tried to light his wood-burning fireplace on Tuesday morning to make conditions more tolerable in his house on Gibbons Avenue, but the cap on top of his chimney was frozen shut, making the fireplace unsafe to use.

On Stratford Road, Leslie Grange and her husband, Jeff, went 16 hours without power before hooking up a generator on Tuesday morning.

"It’s miserable. You feel like a pioneer and you wonder how they did it," she said.

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Leslie Grange said she and her husband ate out Monday night, lit candles and went to bed early because of the outage.

She joked at the reason she was wearing a knit cap on Tuesday. She said it wasn't because of the cold weather. She said it was about vanity, "'cause I have no hairdryer or water. It's the hair under the hat" and the way it looked.

A neighbor of hers across the street said his family was getting by with a generator and their fireplace.

None of the people WBBM Newsradio talked to was particularly concerned about the possiblity of water pipes freezing.

The local Target store is without electricity from ComEd, but has a generator going allowing some lights and the cash registers to continue working. 

Meanwhile, ComEd said that besides hundreds of its own crews, it added 262 crews on Tuesday, about a thousand more people, from sister utilities on the East Coast.