Several Hundred -- "The Forgotten Few" -- Still Without Power

By Anthony Ponce
|  Saturday, Jul 16, 2011  |  Updated 5:46 PM CDT
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'The Forgotten Few' Still Without Power

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Several thousand customers are still without electricity nearly a week after powerful storms took hundreds of thousands of Commonwealth Edison customers off the the power grid.

ComEd crews from throughout the state and around the country have worked around the clock restore service to most of them, but there are clusters of residents -- including several hundred in Libertyville -- without modern conveniences.

"I apologize that we've gone into an extra day, but we have tried hard," said ComED CEO Frank Clark. "We've gone one day longer, in my judgment, than we should have."

Some Libertyville residents have begun calling themselves "The Forgotten Few." They've been without power since Monday morning, and it's their fifth outage this year.

"It's inconvenient," said Ruth Prest, who's lived on the block for 50 years. "You do what you can, but you can't do much. So we go out a lot. Three times a day to McDonald's."

The utility does have 99 percent of customers affected by the storm restored. But as of Saturday afternoon, roughly 2,100 customers were still without power.

Contractors from 14 states are in the region helping out. The goal is to have everyone back on by Saturday night.

In all, power was lost to about 868,000 customers after the storms, the biggest outage in about 15 years, ComEd officials said.

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