ComEd Expects to Restore Remaining 670 Customers in Tornado-Damaged Streator Area by Midnight

Jun 07, 2010, 06:51 ET from ComEd

STREATOR, Ill., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd crews have restored about 7,700 of the approximately 8,400 customers in and around the communities of Streator and Dwight that suffered significant tornado damage Saturday night. Power lines throughout the area and two small substations suffered extensive damage, and the remaining 670 customers currently without power are expected to be restored by midnight tonight.

ComEd has deployed generators to restore many customers, but remaining customers are located near the most heavily damaged areas. ComEd has approximately 100 crews in the area working around the clock since Saturday night, and ComEd established two incident command centers Sunday morning to assist in recovery efforts. On Monday, ComEd executives will brief local officials and tour the damaged area.

ComEd also warns all customers that no one should approach any fallen power line and to stay away from any nearby trees, metal fences and structures that could be energized by a live power line. Due to a week of strong storms throughout northern Illinois, weakened tree limbs could come down and cause additional fallen power lines.

If you see a downed power line, immediately call ComEd at 1-800-EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661) and report the location. Spanish-speaking customers should call 1-800-95-LUCES (1-800-955-8237).

Any customers still without power should not assume ComEd is aware of their outage. If they have not yet called in their outage, they should immediately by contacting 800-EDISON-1. In addition, in some cases, full restoration of service can be slowed if customer-owned equipment has been damaged, requiring work by an independent electrician. This includes damage to customer-owned wiring within the home or to the riser and brackets that physically connect service lines to the outside of a home or building.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), one of the nation's largest electric utilities with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.