NEW LONDON — Firelands Electric reports that as of 8 a.m. Monday morning, a majority of the power outages on its distribution system have been fully restored, except for roughly 100 outages remaining in Ashland and Richland counties.
Fresh crews were dispatched early this morning with additional equipment.
Areas still without power include 47 members located in Monroe Township, Richland County, which has several spans of wire still on the ground that requires additional equipment to access the rugged terrain.
The cooperative has 43 members located in Vermillion Township, Ashland County, that remain without power due to extensive line damage. There are a few individual outages remaining on the distribution system as well, which will also be addressed by Firelands Electric’s line crews today.
Powerful winds and storms that swept through the Buckeye state early Sunday afternoon damaged a FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison transmission line that caused a widespread transmission outage affecting more than 2,100 members located in Ashland and Richland counties, who receive their power from Firelands Electric Co-op's Coulter, Mifflin, and Jeromesville substations.
Around 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, during the peak of the storm, Firelands Electric Cooperative had over 3,500 members without power in Ashland, Huron, and Richland counties. The cooperative’s line crews have worked steadily throughout the night to clear tree debris, replace broken poles, and repair downed wires — restoring power to as many people as possible with each span of wire.
“We sympathize with our members who were without power for an extended period of time, and assure them we have done everything to restore service as soon as possible,” says General Dan McNaull. “We appreciate our members being understanding and thank them for their continued patience as we work to get outages restored as quickly and safely as possible.”
Firelands Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility serving more than 9,100 homes and businesses in rural areas of Ashland, Huron, Lorain, and Richland counties that ranks among the highest energy utilities in the country for customer satisfaction. Visit the cooperative’s website, www.firelandsec.com, Facebook page and Twitter feed, to learn more about reliable and affordable power.