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Thousands of Sauk Valley homes still without power, internet

Downed power lines are sprawled across the road ways in Forreston, felled in  Monday's storm. Two days after a powerful windstorm ripped across the Sauk Valley, tearing trees to shreds and snapping power lines, thousands remain without electricity or internet access.
Downed power lines are sprawled across the road ways in Forreston, felled in Monday's storm. Two days after a powerful windstorm ripped across the Sauk Valley, tearing trees to shreds and snapping power lines, thousands remain without electricity or internet access.

Two days after a powerful windstorm ripped across the Sauk Valley, tearing trees to shreds and snapping power lines, thousands remain without electricity or internet access.

According to the ComEd outage map, as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, more than 3,000 people in Sterling-Rock Falls, nearly 2,000 in Morrison and more than 1,300 in Prophetstown still are waiting for the lights to come back on.

Ogle County still had more than 2,500 people without power; Lee and Caroll counties were down to just a few hundred.

Crews are working around the clock, but still, some estimates put restoral of service at sometime Saturday.

Meanwhile, many who have power don't have internet access.

Comcast internet service, out since the early morning hours Tuesday, also may not be fully restored until Saturday night, the company said.

"Monday’s evening’s historic storm caused significant damage to infrastructure across the region," Jack Segal, vice president of communications for Comcast's Greater Chicago region, said in an email.

"In many situations, our crews must wait until crews from electric and other utilities remove debris, repair or install poles and lines, restore power and ensure that the site is safe before they can begin work," Segal said, adding that Comcast crews also are working night and day to repair the damage.

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