County Declares State of Emergency

July 14, 2011

As more than 100,000 metro Chicago real estate owners and renters deal with the fourth day of no power following Monday’s violent storms, some of them can take solace in knowing that they might be getting some financial help.

Lake County was the hardest hit area by the storms and power outages, and as a result, Lake County Board Chairman David Stolman declared a State of Emergency for the county.

While this does not guarantee state or federal assistance, it is the first step in securing help for its homeowners. The declaration does ensure debris-removal help from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Now, the Lake County Emergency Management will assess the damage and cleanup costs from Lake County communities in case financial assistance is granted.

“While this storm swept through our area quickly, it left significant damage in its wake that will take some time to recover from,” said Stolman. “I want to thank Lake County residents for their patience during this challenging time.

“The Lake County Board also expresses its appreciation to all of the emergency responders who have been working night and day to restore power, clear roads, and ensure the safety of our citizens.”

Meanwhile, several northern communities have opened extra cooling centers where residents can get out of the heat. Call you local municipality to find one near you.

ComEd is hoping to have 95 percent of area residents back up and running by midnight tonight and 99 percent by midnight Friday. At least that’s before an expected heat wave hits the area this weekend.

Regardless, if you are one of those still in the dark, it’s time to throw out all the food that has not stayed cold for the past 48 hours. The last thing you need following an almost week-long power outage is to get sick from spoiled food.

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