Hundreds without power in Lemont
LEMONT – Hundreds of customers in Lemont are still without power after storms hit the town Monday night, according to ComEd's power outage listings.
Lemont Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Ballard said there were trees and power lines down as a result of the storm.
He said the worst affected area was at Bell Road and Archer Avenue in unincorporated Lemont.
A downed power line at 115th Street and Bell Road caused a power outage in the area, including an emergency siren that was on a backup battery.
Ballard said many drivers were going through the intersection without stopping during the night and the morning commute, despite the presence of stop signs, flares and people directing traffic.
"It was chaos," he said. "No lights and everyone going to work today."
According to Village Administrator Ben Wehmeier, 836 area customers were immediately affected by the power loss Monday night.
Residents that experienced the outage live in the areas surrounding Division Street, Route 171, Lemont Road and Eureka.
The National Weather Service is forecasting likely thunderstorms for this evening.
Ballard urges residents to check for severe weather updates before leaving their homes and to treat intersections without working traffic lights as four-way stops.
Ballard also said residents should call ComEd if they lose power and not the Lemont Emergency Management Agency or police.