2011-02-05 / News

Storm causes power outages

By Scott Rawdon

LAKE AREA – Although the Buckeye Lake area was spared the ice and snowfall much of Ohio received Tuesday night, it wasn’t much comfort to the thousands of people in Licking, Perry, and Fairfield counties who lost power.

American Electric Power spokeswoman Carmen Prati- Miller said 1,680 Newark district customers (which includes Hebron and Buckeye Lake) lost power from the storm. She predicted 90 percent of the Newark district customers would have power restored by noon Thursday. Power was restored late Tuesday night to the northern portion of Buckeye Lake Village after an approximately three hour outage.

Prati-Miller said 300 Perry County AEP customers were without power Wednesday and predicted those customers’ power would be restored by 10 p.m. Wednesday night. In Fairfield County, 243 AEP customers were without power Wednesday.

“We really lucked out,” said South Central Power spokeswoman Lisa Hooker who said only 22 of the company’s Fairfield County residents were without power Wednesday after a total of 151 lost power Tuesday night.

The Energy Cooperative reported 2,371 widely scattered outages in Licking County Wednesday, many of which were in the Pataskala and Beechwood area because of AEP Transmission problems. Additional crews were called in to restore power and there was no estimate for completion.

South Central Power reported as of Wednesday noon 92 of its Perry County customers were without power.

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