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Village Plow Caused Northfield Electrical Outage

About 900 Northfield ComEd customers are without power.

Updated Friday:

A village dump truck that was plowing snow from a municipal parking lot damaged power lines and caused the power outage in downtown Northfield Thursday, according to a note on the village website

No other vehicles were involved and there were no injuries, the note says. "The Village is in the process of conducting a full investigation into the matter and will work to ensure any outstanding issues are quickly addressed."  

The village sent out the following update at 3 p.m. Thursday

Com Ed crews remain on the scene and are working to restore power within the community following an accident this morning. Initially, 900 customers were without power.  Service has been restored to 500 of the affected households. Com Ed estimates that all of the remaining customers, except for the library and post office, will be restored by 6:30 p.m.tonight. Any updates will be posted on the Village's web site www.northfieldil.org and via E-blast alerts.

Original post:

The following is a press release from the Village of Northfield:

A truck has hit the Com Ed electrical wires in the downtown area by the library. Com Ed crews are on scene and are working on a restoration plan. Approximately 900 Northfield customers are currently without power and restoration is not anticipated for several hours. As more detailed information becomes available on the restoration time, the Village will post it on the Village's web site (www.northfieldil.org) and send out additional E-News alerts. The Village Hall is available as a warming shelter and anyone needing special assistance should contact the Northfield Police Department at (847) 446-2131.
Nathaniel February 06, 2014 at 04:27 PM
It looked like a city truck is what caused the outage.
Emily Stone (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 04:26 PM
You are correct, Nathaniel. I just updated the story.

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