According to ComEd Spokeswoman Martha Swaney, about 80 customers on and around the 1500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue are without power, having experienced an electrical outage that began around 4PM today, June 28, 2012. Update: Power was restored at 6:25PM.
“Crews are en route, so we don’t yet have a cause, nor a time for restoration of power,” Swaney told The Pipeline around 4:30PM today.
For those who live and work in the area, the outage is nothing new.
Last summer, power went out in the same area, affecting the same folks, on the first day of Wicker Park Fest, causing local businesses to collectively lose tens of thousands of profits on the neighborhood’s busiest day of the year.
We reported on reactions to the outages, of which the cause was speculated to be an underground transformer burning out as a result of too much usage.
When asked about the underground equipment, and if it’s scheduled to be upgraded or replaced, Swaney replied that the company has been doing a lot of repairs on the power grid, and that she’d be in touch with more information to share when it arises.
We’ll keep readers posted. We, too, had to vacate our “pop up newsroom” on the 1500 block of N. Milwaukee, thus today’s newsletter will be sent out a bit later than usual.