CALUMET CITY | Municipal officials praised Commonwealth Edison for the way they say the company handled restorating electricity to city residents – a restoration effort completed Thursday.
Third Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones said Com Ed officials were receptive to government officials, who received many calls this week from residents concerned.
Jones said about 8,000 Calumet City-based Com Ed customers lost electricity due to the Monday storms. He said Calumet City and Riverdale were hardest hit of all south suburban communities.
Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said she was told by Commonwealth Edison officials that Calumet City and Chicago proper were the hardest-hit communities, “we were No. 2 right behind Chicago,” she said.
Qualkinbush said that about half of the 8,000 utility customers in Calumet City had their electricity restored within 12 hours.
2nd Ward Alderman Magdalena “Leni” Wosczynski said she was aware of some people living east of Torrence Avenue between Sibley Boulevard and State Street who were without electricity for as long as 42 hours.
Seventh Ward Alderman Antoine Collins said he was told the final Calumet City residents who lost electricity Monday night were restored to service Thursday morning.
But 5th Ward Alderman Roger Munda said he thinks Com Ed was quick, relatively speaking, to restore electricity.
“It really was rather quick compared to the outages regionwide,” he said.
“It was an act of Mother Nature,” Jones said. “It was a short, but powerful, storm.”
With city cleanup crews completing their storm-related work, Munda said Public Works crews would be able to resume their usual efforts – including cleanup efforts in city alleys.
“Projects were put on hold by the storm,” Munda said. “But we will resume those efforts shortly.”
Fourth Ward Alderman Ramonde Williams praised JGJ Management, a company that operates Pizza Hut franchises. He said the company donated food to the relief workers in Calumet City
Wosczynski said she was particularly sympathetic to people who lost large amounts of food due to their freezers losing electricity.
“I’m very sorry about that, but what can we do?” she said. “It’s a sad situation.”