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Restoring Power After the Storm: MJJ Electric Crews Assist ComEd with Jets Overhead in Des Plaines

Sun June 26 2011 1:44 pm
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MJJ Electric crews from Michigan help ComEd at Maple Street and Fargo Avenue in Des Plaines, just northeast of O’Hare International Airport where a utility pole snapped during stormy weather and tornadoes Tuesday night.

About 10,000 ComEd customers lost power in Mount Prospect. At the peak of power disruption after the storm, almost 450,000 customers in Chicagoland were without power. Some residents of Mount Prospect during last week had to travel to downtown Arlington Heights for gasoline for generators because Mount Prospect manygas stations couldn’t pump gas without electricity. The Emergency Operation Centers at Mount Prospect took care of people who needed power to operate oxygen tanks for respiratory illnesses. Mount Prospect established cooling centers at the Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson, and the Community Connections Center, 1711 Algonquin Rd.

Walgreens at Elmhurst Road and Camp McDonald Road had their electric power restored on Friday. Prospect Heights Park District’s Gary Morava Center power was restored a little later, but the facility was closed all day Friday, but re-opened Friday and had a block party Saturday evening.

In Des Plaines, 16,400 outages were reported.

At Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, 42 buildings lost power.

About 9,000 ComEd Customers were without power on Friday after a tornado hit Downers Grove and another tornado hit Mount Prospect Tuesday night. Friday night about 8,000 were without power in the northern suburbs, and about 1,000 were without power in the southern suburbs. About 190,000 customers in Chicagoland were without Wednesday afternoon.

Some T-Mobile users experienced data outages because of the power failures.

At Int Inc. in Wheeling, their website hosting service for their customers was interrupted for almost 48 hours. Business with websites hosted with the company lost their online presence temporarily. They also lost email services if they hosted their email through the company.

Electric power companies from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri and others were working to assist ComEd with the high demand of repair to power lines and equipment. PECO, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and based in Philadelphia, was working the streets in Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect and other communities. MJJ electrical workers from Michigan were working in Des Plaines and other communities.

After the old pole was removed, it took the MJJ Electric crew less than 20 minutes two install a new pole and connect power lines.

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