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Update: Power restored in Kirkland

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 6:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 9:03 p.m. CDT

KIRKLAND — Power was restored in Kirkland late Monday after the village experienced two outages on a day marked by below-zero temperatures.

The power went out about 9:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday when high winds caused wires to constantly come into contact with one another, said Paul Callighan, ComEd spokesman.

ComEd crews worked at three locations to restore power at 7:50 p.m. Monday to about 1,000 homes and businesses in the Kirkland area, Callighan said.

"[Workers] spending time in trucks to warm up and working outside made for slower restoration efforts," he said.

Residents reported flickering lights at about 7 a.m. Crews restored power at about 10 a.m., but the high winds caused power to go out again at 2 p.m., Callighan said.

Kirkland Fire Department offered residents a warming shelter at the station where a generator supplied power for the entire building, said Chad Connell, Kirkland fire chief.

The shelter saw about half a dozen people at a time, Connell said. The department provided water and cookies for them.

"For some, it was their first time here at the fire station, so they were given tours," Connell said. "We showed them the trucks to keep the kids entertained."

Some residents opted to keep warm inside of their running cars, Connell said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns running a car or truck in a closed garage could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

Kirkland Village President Les Bellah was at home Monday with his wife bundled in blankets and sitting in the dark with two candles lighting the home.

Bellah said his house has gas heat but that the furnace needs electricity to ignite. The temperature in his home was about 60 degrees with no electricity, he said.

"I've got my guitar," Bellah said while power was still out, "and I'm singing songs to keep warm."

To report a power outage, call ComEd at 800-EDISON-1 or text the word "OUT" to 26633.

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