More Outages Across the Chicago Area

July 23, 2011

Here we go again.

Severe thunderstorms on Saturday morning shut down several local expressways and CTA lines, flooded homes and streets throughout the Chicago area, and knocked out power to more than 85,000 ComEd customers.

The northern suburbs were the hardest hit, with about 43,000 customers back in the dark. There were about 30,000 in the city without power, 6,800 west of the city and 4,800 on the south side.

ComEd said 350 crews are working to restore the electricity.

Portions of Lake Shore Drive, the Edens Expressway, the Dan Ryan Expressway and the Kennedy Expressway were shut down due to high-standing water. Most of the highways have been reopened, but there are delays on each because of the situation.

Several CTA routes were rerouted or suspended due to the severe weather conditions, including the Red, Blue and Pink Lines, and shuttle buses were being used in some areas instead. For more information on the CTA service disruptions, visit transitchicago.com.

According to the Chicago Weather Center, O’Hare airport got 6.91 inches of rain just before 7 a.m. That is the largest one-day rainfall since records began in 1871. The previous record was 6.64 inches set back in September of 2008.

And guess what? More rain is expected all weekend long.

Hang in there, Chicagoans!

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