|AEP: All should be restored by Saturday|
|Thursday, July 05, 2012 9:05 PM|
From Progress Staff Reports
According to an update from AEP, all of its Paulding County customers should again have electricity by midnight Saturday, July 7.
Shelly Clark, AEP Ohio corporate communications, told the Progress in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon that crews are working 16 hours a day on making repairs, then getting eight hours of rest before going back on the job. This has been the standard since the area lost electrical service last Friday.
AEP had 439 utility poles damaged or destroyed and had to bring in utility poles from West Virginia.
The electrical grid is being stressed by heavy user demand as customers with newly restored power start using their appliances once again. Also, people are cranking up their air conditioners due to high temperatures outside.
A summary of major outages:
• The Auglaize area, which includes Five Span and Junction, should have power by midnight tonight, July 5.
• The Oakwood area, which includes the western portion of Oakwood west to Melrose, should have power tonight. Customers east of Oakwood may have service by late Saturday.
• Scott residents could possibly be reconnected by midnight tonight. If not, the latest date would be Saturday.
• Latty Substation has load issues due to heavy user demand. This area includes Latty, Broughton, Ohio 114, Ohio 613 and Briceton. About 340 customers are still without power. When demand is reduced, crews should be able to reconnect more customers.
• Crews are working on Payne Substation, which has load issues like the Latty Substation. All Payne customers will be back in service by late Saturday.
• Paulding will be 95 percent restored by midnight tonight.
AEP’s goal is to have everyone reconnected by Saturday.
AEP representative Solwin Dyas met with the Paulding County commissioners regarding power restoration plan of action.
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