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Downed Pole Causes Power Outage in Downtown Northbrook

Businesses on the north side of Shermer Rd. between Meadow Rd. and Walters Ave. have no power.

Update Sept. 29 12:00 a.m. 

According to the ComEd outage map, power has been restored to the area. 

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Around 11:30 a.m., a truck driver backing his 18-wheeler out of a parking lot behind Yogen Früz Cafe in downtown Northbrook knocked down a ComEd pole, taking out power to several businesses in the area, according to the Northbrook Fire Department. 

According to ComEd technicians at the scene, temporary power from a generator should be restored by 5:00 p.m., and permanent power could be restored by midnight tonight.

The traffic light at Shermer and Meadow is not working either, but Northbrook Public works placed temporary stop signs at the intersection.  

"I called someone to take care of the traffic signals," said Paul Risinger, general operations superintendent of Northbrook Public Works.

Several businesses in the area are closed, including Yogen Früz and Trattoria Oliverii, but the Paul Vazkin Hair Salon is still taking customers, though they can't use electric clippers. 

"If it's like this tomorrow, I cannot work," Paul Vazkin said, while trimming someone's hair with scissors. "I'm working like many years ago."

Landmark Inn is also open, serving drinks and cold finger food to cash-paying customers.

"We think the kitchen will be open again in time for dinner," said Helene Kapetaneas, co-owner of the Landmark. 

"We have to get power back to the Landmark," Risinger said. "It's Friday night."

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steve runge October 01, 2012 at 05:10 PM
PRIORITY 1,power to the landmark!!!!! its FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!

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