Power Still Out for Thousands of Lakewood Residents

FirstEnergy: Power may be out through Sunday.

Following this week’s Superstorm Sandy, thousands of Lakewood residents are still without power.

FirstEnergy’s online outage map reported that 12,987 residents were still in the dark on Wednesday night.

Many of those residents could be waiting a few days. 

FirstEnergy representative Mark Durbin said that power may not be restored until this weekend.

“That’s our goal,” he said. “There may still be an isolated case or two that is longer.

“We don’t want to be locked into a timeframe.”

As the power remains out for thousands in Lakewood — as well as neighboring communities — the county and the American Red Cross opened a 24-hour emergency shelter at Garfield Middle School.

Dozens of Lakewood residents showed up on Wednesday night — as did Gov. John Kasich.

Dennis Pell, the shelter manager for the American Red Cross, is one of five experienced volunteers from the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross based in Sandusky.

"We're getting ready for 150 people," said Pell, who's also volunteered to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Irene.

"It's probably overkill, but we'd rather be prepared."

In addition, the city set up an “emergency reception center” at the Lawther Senior Center to give residents a place to go during the day.

Trees and tangled power lines are still down throughout the city, particularly on the city’s north side, where many of the outages are concentrated.

Crews from around the country arrived in Lakewood on Wednesday to begin the restoration. Mayor Michael Summers told Lakewood Patch that high winds made using the elevated lifts difficult.

Durbin said crews are scattered throughout Northeast Ohio and there was no set plan to get one community restored over another, but the company would devote workers where the most restoration is possible.

He said the wind combined with the rain was especially problematic and the storm was "serious."

“The wind blows the tree and the limbs, but the rain saturation caused the ground to soften for ” he said.

Power remains out at Hayes, Emerson andGrant elementary schools, as well as Harding Middle School.

Read more of the coverage:

  • City Warns Residents About ‘Unscrupulous Storm Chasers’
  • Lakewood Schools are Closed Thursday Nov. 1.
  • No School? Free Student Matinee Offered
  • 24-Hour Emergency Shelter Opens at Garfield Middle School
  • American Red Cross Delivers Meals to Lakewood Seniors
  • How Long Will Food Last in the Fridge if You Lose Power?
  • Lakewood Opening ‘Emergency Reception Center’
  • Hurricane Sandy: How Can You Help?
  • Lakewood Trick or Treat Is Rescheduled for Nov. 4

Lori Switaj contributed to this report.


mario ingraffia November 01, 2012 at 09:53 PM
http://photos.cleveland.com/plain-dealer/2012/11/c02sstormbjpg.html Duke Energy workers repair electrical lines along Lake Rd. in Lakewood in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Lake Rd. was closed west of Cove Ave. and east of Nickolson Ave. Many residents are still without power. (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)
Amber O November 02, 2012 at 03:17 AM
The east coast was devastated. I am proud to live In Lakewood, but ashamed how selfish some of us are being complaining about being inconvenienced by not having electricity for a little longer when people have lost lives and their entire home.
Susan Kaminski November 02, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I feel fortunate not to have suffered a loss of my home nor loss of any loved ones, however, being on one of the few blocks left without power is getting tiring. It's cold and it's dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I return. My frustration is that our block's outage is caused by a limb that brought down lines on Merl and a tree that brought down lines on Emerson. Because no crews are out taking care of that, we're still in the cold and dark.
Kate November 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Inconvenienced? It is 48 degrees in my house and we have no heat or power. I would say that is a little more than inconvenienced. It is November 2nd and cold. I am greatful for what I have, but not one electric crew has been on my street yet this week. I think I can be upset that this is going on 4 days with no heat.
Pattie November 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Sorry Amber, of course we all feel awful about what happened in NY and NJ but that is not here. To chastise people for wanting what we pay for and have now been without for 6 days is not at all productive. As my grandmother used to say "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." In an effort to stay warm we have been driving around Lakewood and have yet to see a CEI truck or anyone who looks like they are working on our problem. I remember in the old days (like about 3 years ago when the hail storm went through) the trucks were all over the street. Where are they today? Not in Lakewood. I don't think our mayor or Ed Fitzgerald have done anything to hurry CEI up and I for one am very disgruntled about it. I called City Hall last evening and got a recording that told me to call CEI to complain about my power and when I called CEI I got a girl who said "oh you will be happy to know your power will be on no later then Monday night". Happy, I don't think so. I would love to know why it is taking so long and wonder if anyone is going to have to answer for the length of time this has taken.


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