COPIED FROM A MESSAGE FROM JOSE A. SANTIAGO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR-THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
I am writing with a briefing in the aftermath of the overnight floods, as they have been substantial and citywide, with some parts of town receiving more than seven (7) inches of water. Flooding has been serious both in viaducts and basements and we want you to know what the City of Chicago is doing and what you can tell your constituents.
Across the City of Chicago, we can report the following numbers as of 4:00 p.m., July 24, 2010:
1,736 Water in the Basement Complaints
35 Flooded Viaducts
252 Water in the Street Complaints
We are responding to all 3-1-1 complaints and have given priority to flooded viaducts because of the urgency of moving ambulances and other emergency vehicles. After that, we are addressing "water in the basement" complaints. As for equipment, we are aggressively deploying our resources throughout and will continue this work until we respond to every call made to 3-1-1. We are also working with Commonwealth Edison, which reports 14,000 costumers without power.
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