Power Problems in South Eastern Ohio

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, July 8, 2003 - 04:59 PM
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With all of the severe weather, there are a lot of people without power tonight. Over eight thousand people in Muskingum County are without power, with another nineteen thousand in the Newark area in the dark. In total, over one hundred thousand customers in Central and South Eastern Ohio are without service. American Electric Power crews are working to fix the problem, but with more storms hitting everyday, they are playing catch up. "We were hit really hard Sunday and then again early this morning, so we had not recovered fully from the damage that we sustained on Sunday and so it's just compounded on top of it," says Vikki Michalski of American Electric Power. The outages are not a quick fix either. Michalski says they are scattered across the region, which is why it's taking so long. She also says there is one main culprit. "A lot of trees. Trees down everywhere. Trees take power lines down. Trees are a big problem in any storm situation and in th summertime they're extra heavy with all the foliage," says Michalski. If you notice neighbors with electric and you don't have any, Michalski suggests calling American Electric Power because they may not know about your specific problem. As for when to expect the power back, some may not have electric until the weekend.

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