Storm Update; Clean up Continues

By: Dan Guthrie
By: Dan Guthrie

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- With all the storms we've been having lately, the meeting ComEd planned to have tonight to address excessive power outages has been canceled because of new power outages.

Spokesman Paul Callighan says crews are too busy trying to get families' power back on.

As they work to restore power other crews are trying to deal with everything from flash flooding to road closers.

When you combine rainfall rates of two to three inches an hour with damaging winds in excess of 80 miles per hour it creates a recipe for disaster. Even though most of the flooding sits off to the west, it is now a familiar sight in Rockford.

From flooding in Pearl City to tree limbs down and power outages in Rockford, last nights storms have the city's public works department working around the clock.

Tim Hanson from Rockford Public Works said, "We called in our forestry group last night probably around 11 o'clock. They've been out all night cleaning the streets of debris and trees. We've had probably 100 phone calls."

The heavy rains may have ceased before entering Rockford preventing major flooding, but 80 mile per hour winds were able to do enough damage to knock out power through 17 intersections in Rockford while leaving thousands in the dark.

Hanson said, "We had somewhere in the vicinity of 17,000 customers that were out of power."

One of those locations without power today was Swedish American hospital’s Camelot Tower and Ryan Jury Daycare Center.

Paul Greenland from Swedish American Hospital said, "We actually have an OB clinic here. We have a wound care clinic here. So until we get our power back there’s not really a whole lot we can do at this point."

While ComEd rushes to restore power, the city of Rockford will continues its clean up which could take two weeks before all the debris is cleared.

Hanson said, "Call in those requests. Be patient with us. We'll get there as soon as we can. But we have everyone out and they are doing the best they can to clean up the streets."

The public works department says they will continue clearing roadways covered with debris with the roadways that see the most traffic congestion first before making their way to residential.

Of the 17 intersections with out power today, most of them have had power restored; however, it will still take ComEd a few more days before the lights are back on for everyone.

Five thousand people have no power in the Rockford Winnebago County area.

Power should be restored by tomorrow. They contracted in 28 extra crews to help restore service.


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