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Power restored for most of Aurora after widespread outage on Monday

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AURORA, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

About 1,300 residents in west suburban Aurora were still without power Monday afternoon after the extremely cold weather knocked out electricity for thousands more on the east side of the city Monday morning.

More than 24,000 people were without power Monday morning, but many of the outages were fixed by 3:30 p.m., Aurora city spokesman Clayton Muhammad said.

Power for the remaining 1,300 customers was expected to be restored within the next two hours, Muhammad said.

All inquiries about the outage should be directed to ComEd at 800-Edison 1 or ComEd's website at www.comed.com, officials said.

Aurora police and fire officials were inundated with calls from residents Monday afternoon and implored residents not to call 911 for information on a power outage.

"While officials understand the heightened concern of the outage due to the brutal cold, Aurora's 911 operators have been inundated with calls concerning ComEd response, restoration times, and other questions of which they have no information and should be directed to the utility," Aurora officials said in a public statement. "The number of calls being received can compromise assistance to people having immediate, life-threatening emergencies."

FOX 32 News contributed to this report.

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