In addition to coating the roads with ice, Tuesday’s ice storm could wreak havoc on power lines with the additional weight.
George Gaulrapp, ComEd’s External Affairs Manager, said, “We track the weather constantly and we saw the storm coming a couple of days ago. We are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.”
ComEd is ready for ice, freezing rain, snow, or whatever Mother Nature throws our way.
Gaulrapp says the biggest fear is downed power lines, which could cause power outages.
ComEd is set to immediately receive alerts when outages occur.
“Right now, all the homes within the Rockford viewing area have the AMI Smart Meters, so we’ll recognize when there’s an outage, but we ask customers to still give us a call,” he said. “We’ll know right away, but just to be safe and just to have the redundancy, please call the 1-800-EDISON1 number.”
The Rockford Fire Department is also preparing for the ice. Fire Prevention Coordinator Timothy Morris says they initiated their severe weather action plan this afternoon.
“Our biggest fear is car accidents, so we’re very cognisent and aware of that. And, our next biggest fear is when ice accumulates on power lines. That’s probably the worst thing we have to worry about,” he said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a warning to drivers, telling them to stay off the road
If the power does go out in your home, Gaulrapp says don’t leave unless its absolutely necessary.
“Stay in your home, unless the temperature drops dramatically,” he said. “You can check the restoration times on our ComEd outage map, so just take out your smartphone and [go here] and hover over the outage near your home. It should give you some type of indication on when it will be fixed.”