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City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz reports that ComEd has replaced the burned out transformer and power has been restored to the McGaw YMCA. After a safety check by the Evanston Fire Department, the McGaw YMCA was authorized to re-occupy the building at 4:15 p.m. on July 4, the City Manager said.
YMCA residents had begun to make their way back to the facility earlier this afternoon for a planned outdoor 4th of July barbeque. As of 4 p.m. only 20-30 residents were still at Robert Crown. The Red Cross planned to close down its operation at Crown and depart by early evening.
Fire Department Chiefs Klaiber and Janetske and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz met with ComEd representative Eric Duray at the Y at 4 p.m. for an update. Nearly all of the power had been restored citywide by that hour with a few remaining business customers being connected and their systems brought back into service. ComEd is still investigating the causes of the transformer fire at the Y as well as causes of other outages over the last 24 hours. ComEd will provide the City will a full review of what happened early in the week.
Mr. Bobkiewicz offered kudos “to the EFC and PRCS staff for their outstanding work over the past day.”