Wind leads to thousands of power outages

By on October 29, 2010

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Galeforce winds on Tuesday led to power outages in more than 60,000 households and businesses in Northern Illinois including the Kaneland area, ComEd spokesman Alicia Zatkowski said.

Zatkowksi said at 10 a.m. Tuesday that the power outages began occurring at approximately 2 a.m. and were expected to continue through the day. The wind, in some areas as strong as 70 mph, knocked trees onto power lines, which was the main reason for the outages, she said.

Between 7 and 10 a.m., the number of power outages increased threefold, she said.

ComEd was prepared for the outages, Zatkowski said.

“We did know this was coming,” she said.

ComEd increased the number of employees on Tuesday’s shifts to deal with the expected power-line damage.

“Currently, we have 340 crews mobilized and ready to go into the field to restore downed power lines,” Zatkowski said Tuesday morning.

Although local homes and businesses were without power until Tuesday afternoon, Elburn Village Hall was able to remain in operation all day because it has a backup generator, Village Administrator Erin Willret said.