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Power Restored in Lakewood… Or Is It?

FirstEnergy reported last week that all the power would be back on Monday by 11:59 p.m., however it didn’t happen.

Update: Most all of the outages because of the storm have been fixed, said Mark Durbin, of FirstEnergy, on Tuesday morning. For the .

The number of reported outages in Lakewood started out at around 75 on Monday morning.

Then it dropped to 46 later in the afternoon.

But by the day’s end, more than a 1,000 people were back in the dark — the highest number of reported outages in Northeast Ohio.

That’s after FirstEnergy set a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday night to have all the power restored in the city following last week’s Superstorm Sandy.

Calls to FirstEnergy were not immediately returned Monday night.

However, officials suspect that the power was knocked out again while crews make “more permanent” repairs.

“Don’t worry, your power may go out again while (FirstEnergy) looks for a permanent fix,” said Mayor Michael Summers.

“This is disheartening.”

The outages aren’t expected to interfere with voting Tuesday. City officials said that in the event of an outage at a polling place, a paper ballot would be used.

“I hope that’s not the case,” Summers said. “It looks as if we’re going to have enough problems.”

According to the updated FirstEnergy website, power is expected to be restored in Lakewood by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

The American Red Cross emergency shelter at Garfield Middle School closed up, as power looked to be restored across most of the city. It's not clear whether it would re-open.

The last time there were this many power outages was back in the late-summer of 2003, when the entire city was without power for 24 hours.

Michael P. Summers November 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Mike Summers CEI responded to my inquiry about the apparent spike in outages. When a circuit is opened for repair for even one house, their outage map reports that all houses on the circuit are out. Many of Lakewood's circuits have hundreds of houses on it. Thus, 5 open circuits could report 1000+ outages even though there might only be 5 separate issues.
Michael P. Summers November 06, 2012 at 09:54 PM
in response to ian above: the gold Coast restoration required 9 truck working together all of thursday to revbuild the 12 primary(hi voltage) lines feeding this area. One big tree took down two poles and all of these lines. Repairs were very difficult and required massive manpower and equipment. Poer was restore early Friday morning after a 3.5 day outage. the challenge of restoration was the extensive damage to pole and wire infrastructre, coupled with a shortage of crews and equipment. 200 CEI crews were sent East on Sunday to help NY and NJ. I do not beleive any one foresaw the extent of damage we would/did incur. Out of towncrews from West and South were enroute to the East Coast and rerouted here. I am the Westshore mayors will coordinate a CEI inquiry. We have a long standing West Shore council of governments consisting of lakewood, RR, Bay, N. Olmstead, Westlake, and Fairview park. Each of these communities had serious power outages. We will be meeing Wednesday November 17th.
Jenny Seedhouse November 07, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Please thank Tricia Granfors the Westshore Regional CERT, coordinator for working endless hours with Red Cross and the Westshore CERT members. They were out in the storm as it hit Lakewood helping out police & fire. Also they worked the entire week helping the citizens of Lakewood at the Garfield School shelter. Westshore CERT members were and are a great blessing to all the western suburbs!! Thank you to ALL of you that helped!!
ian king November 09, 2012 at 07:54 AM
To Mayor Summers - thanks for your response, but you seem too apologetic for First Energy's poor management of this crisis in your town. This storm exposed deep flaws in the structure of the electrical system and response time in Lakewood. First Energy failed its customers/consumers and needs to be held accountable/responsible. Their recovery plan - if one can call it a plan - was disgraceful and brought undue hardships to thousands of citizens of Lakewood. Mayor Summers - how old is Lakewood's utility system? How obsolete is it? In a time of crisis, how reliable is an outdated electrical system? Why did First Energy send crews out of state when it was predicted early on by all weather channels that Lakewood would experience a major storm? How unprepared was the management of First Energy for this crisis? If First Energy had the poles, the wires, the repair crews, and the transformers, why did it take over 6-7 days to restore power in a small town the size of Lakewood? Why should Lakewood citizens suffer economically, physically, emotionally because First Energy did not reasonably prepare for this eventuality? And how many times a year does Lakewood loose power - 2, 3 or more times? It happens in all the seasons, far too often. Please Mayor Summers/Mr. Fitzgerald, make First Energy answer some tough questions about the state of our local electric utility/system and their emergency response plans. Elected officials should represent their citizens, not pacify power companies.
ian king November 09, 2012 at 07:56 AM
To Mayor Summers - thanks for your response, but you seem too apologetic for First Energy's poor management of this crisis in your town. This storm exposed deep flaws in the structure of the electrical system and response time in Lakewood. First Energy failed its customers/consumers and needs to be held accountable/responsible. Their recovery plan - if one can call it a plan - was disgraceful and brought undue hardships to thousands of citizens of Lakewood. Mayor Summers - how old is Lakewood's utility system? How obsolete is it? In a time of crisis, how reliable is an outdated electrical system? Why did First Energy send crews out of state when it was predicted early on by all weather channels that Lakewood would experience a major storm? How unprepared was the management of First Energy for this crisis? If First Energy had the poles, the wires, the repair crews, and the transformers, why did it take over 6-7 days to restore power in a small town the size of Lakewood? Why should Lakewood citizens suffer economically, physically, emotionally because First Energy did not reasonably prepare for this eventuality? And how many times a year does Lakewood loose power - 2, 3 or more times? It happens in all the seasons, far too often. Please Mayor Summers/Mr. Fitzgerald, make First Energy answer some tough questions about the state of our local electric utility/system and their emergency response plans. Elected officials should represent their citizens, not pacify power companies.

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