Edison Electric Institute gives Chicago electric company award for disaster recovery
| 01.15.2008 | 11:14:46 | Views: 3003 | ID:
January 15 '08: Commonwealth Edison electric company - also called ComEd - received an award from the Edison Electric Institute for its efforts in recovering from the "Storm of the Decade", which hit Chicago August 2007, a press release read.
"A combination of major flooding, 80,000 lightning strikes and winds up to 100 miles per hour left 634,000 customers without power," the EEI press release read. "Six counties were declared federal disaster areas, but the utility re-established service to all customers within five days, including restoring 75 percent of those affected within one day and 90 percent within 48 hours."(Watch a YouTube video of the storm's development here). To recover, the company's effort "involved the deployment of 4,100 frontline employees, including 1,100 from other utilities. The ComEd Call Center also managed more than 419,000 customer inquiries during the five-day restoration," the press release continued. The company provides about 70 percent of Illinois' electricity.
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