Shedd Evacuated After Power Outage

Full-time inhabitants appear safe, with back-up generator maintaining life-support systems

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 2:48 PM CDT
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The Shedd Aquarium was evacuated Thursday afternoon following a power outage.

The power went out about 1 p.m., according to Shedd spokeswoman Andrea Smalec, who said the outage is believed to be related to the heat.

The temperature at Northerly Island was 101 at 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

"As a safety precaution all visitors have been evacuated," she said.

The Shedd’s full-time inhabitants appear safe, said Smalec, adding that back-up generators for "life-support systems are running full speed."

Commonwealth Edison spokeswoman Krissy Posey confirmed the outage, but said it was unknown if it was a ComEd failure or a Shedd system failure.

The utility is investigating and was also sending a generator in case it is needed.

It was unknown how long the power would be off or if the aquarium would re-open Thursday, Smalec said.

All guests who were evacuated received "come back" tickets, she said.

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