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November 19, 2013

Mother Nature hits county hard

Storm assessments, cleanup under way

DANVILLE — Damage assessments and clean-up continued Monday in the aftermath of Sunday’s line of storms.

As of 6 a.m. Monday morning, almost everyone in Danville had power restored, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer. There still could have been a household here or there that might not have had power yet.

Most households, however, had electricity back by 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Eisenhauer added.

There still were issues overnight in the areas of Chateau Estates, Denvale and Devonshire. Power was restored in those areas by about 3:30 a.m. Monday.

Eisenhauer said there also were power lines down in the Heights, but those issues were corrected by about 6 a.m. Monday.

Ameren crews were working day and night to restore power. Several hundred people in Vermilion County still were without power Monday afternoon. According to Ameren’s website, 140 residences in the 61832 ZIP code remained without power as of 2:15 p.m. Monday, along with 261 residences in Westville’s ZIP code and another 166 places in the 61834 area.

Power outages with the storm were reported the length of the county, from Hoopeston to Ridge Farm. There had been more than 31,330 customers without power Sunday.

Residents can call Ameren at (800) 755-5000 to report power or natural gas issues.

The high winds Sunday afternoon damaged the three transmission lines feeding electricity to the city. Ameren crews fixed the western transmission line that had been under maintenance to restore power to the city.

“One transmission line is enough to power the whole city long term,” Eisenhauer said.

Sunday also saw some railroad crossings blocked with a train due to tree debris that fell on the railroad tracks, Eisenhauer said.

Some traffic signals with battery backups remained working in the city. The city brought in large spotlights to help light up some intersections.

“We have city inspectors out looking for any debris or damage,” Eisenhauer said on Monday.

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