Tuesday, August 01, 2006


By Jason Meisner
Tribune staff reporter
Posted August 1 2006, 11:13 AM EDT

An overnight power outage on the South Side prompted the evacuation of hundreds of senior housing residents from high-rise buildings as the temperature was expected to reach near 100 degrees for a second day in a row.

A Commonwealth Edison underground distribution line failed around 7:30 p.m. Monday, causing about 20,000 people to lose power. Included were the residents of 19 mid- to high-rise buildings, including 11 senior-citizen buildings, authorities and ComEd officials said.

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