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.


Ann Hanson November 01, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Is it possible to get updates on the power outage on the high rise apts on Edgewater Dr? I live at Imperial House and we had power for a while but now it's out again. Am staying at a hotel - no way of getting updates. Thanks!
Yankel Emmesser November 01, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Lakewood PART @ 1 With much of Lakewood still without power for days, I humbly feel that Hashem is trying to send us a message that "we" are putting out the light of the beauty of Lakewood, the largest town in the US of Torah learning. The light of the Kedusha the light of thousands of Torah learners right here in our town of Lakewood is being distinguished by us with our actions We have more Yeshivas and Mesiftas than in any other town or city in America BY"H so we have more responsibility to keep Hashem happy with our way of life SEE PART # 2 It's time for all of us to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh and see what could be corrected to bring back the light of the Schinah to Lakewood the town of Torah and Chessed
Yankel Emmesser November 01, 2012 at 11:10 AM
part # 2 It's time for all of us to make a Cheshbon Hanefesh and see what could be corrected to bring back the light of the Schinah to Lakewood the town of Torah and Chessed If we don't take this storm seriously who knows what other difficult message Hashem might have to send us in order to wake up and do Teshuva? Take a moment and think...are we living a spiritual life at least similar to our great grand parents, the way they lived when they arrived in America some 70 years ago? or are we indulged in our clothing, i.e. shoes, jewelry, belt, coat, & mink coats, handbags, boots, shopping, hunting for bargains, living in restaurants, redoing our kitchens every so often, always planning our next vacations, now Leshem Mitzvah we are busy planning our winter vacation, and of course don't forget Motzai Shabbos hot Pizza & fries, eating it in the pizza shops in mixed company, we have turned into a major planning board not leaving enough time to see and plan our lives as "how to serve Hashem better” Lets be honest it's almost impossible to walk the streets and keep our eyes clean, and yes, I am referring to neighborhoods of Bnai Torah and Chasidim, not in Harlem, Miami Beach or Las Vegas see part # 3
Yankel Emmesser November 01, 2012 at 11:11 AM
part # 3 Lets be honest it's almost impossible to walk the streets and keep our eyes clean, and yes, I am referring to neighborhoods of Bnai Torah and Chasidim, not in Harlem, Miami Beach or Las Vegas This "FrankenStorm" has been felt by many of us we are all suffering because of it in one way or another, but..... The million dollar question is: are we waking up to Hashems cry? Now let’s be strong and say to Hashem: OK we are ready to change our ways of life, our materialism life style that we have lived up to now will change!!! We’ll start getting ourselves ready for the coming of Moshiach by living a true Torah life. BTW When Moshiach arrives there will be nothing left of all our Gasmius, so get a head start...and get rid of it now lets be more careful with all of the Halocos and Mitzovos of our special sweet Torah s.p. It would be nice to see everyone taking this Frankenstorm warning that came from Hashem very seriously
Alex Vandehoff November 01, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Hmm, and I thought that Shiva was behind this the whole time.
Kim Wenger DeVor November 01, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Dear First Energy, Why don't you stop BS'ing the residents of Lakewood and just tell us the truth: You sent most of the crews from the state of Ohio to the East Coast so now those of us here are without power because of this poor lapse in management. We have to wait for crews to come from clear across the U.S. Here in our city, we had to wait for over 36 hours for ANY sort of assistance from the city or the Red Cross to come into the city to help any way at all. Why is that? Who dropped the ball here? You have the Governor coming to town saying what a great job they're doing staying on top of things.... really? I don't you have done a very good job at all.... does anyone else feel they've done a good job? I feel abandoned, left in the COLD, the DARK.... I just threw out 8 TRASH BAGS full of ROTTEN food this morning.... who is going to replace that? I barely can live on what I make, so that was like (to me) throwing money out in the garbage. The mayor's off-handed comments about how the city is in "pretty fair shape, except for most of the city being without power" are like a slap in the face. Please choose your words more carefully, Mr. Mayor before you speak. You are offfending many. We are all tired, cold, hungry, sleep-deprived, and are just D-O-N-E. Moral is low, and we've just about had enough. Just get our power back on. We're hard-working citizens and we want to go to bed tonight in a somewhat warm home. Kim Wenger-Devor Lakewood Resident
mario ingraffia November 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Kim - I couldn't agree more with your statement above. The worst part of the situation is they aren't even providing us with accurate information regarding the repairs and why it could possible take 7 days to repair the situation, when my family and friends electricity in Manhattan has already been restored. But this is what happens when company have no compitetion and are provided a government sponsored monopoly. Best of luck, Mario Lakewood Resident
Kim Wenger DeVor November 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Thank you Mario, glad to hear the good news that your family and friends in Manhattan have survived the the hurricane ok. Hard to believe they have their power restored and we will have to wait for several more days. I agree with you about the electric company monopoly and think they should be fined extensively for the way they have handled this situation. They have treated their customers with disrespect by not being upfront with us about this entire situation. Maybe they should be held accountable for their actions. Thank you for your concern, and I, too, hope that everyone continues to hang in there.
Kelsey Hostetler November 01, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Ann, Edgewater is still without power as of this morning, well except for the first 3 condo buildings, which is frustrating! Why can the first 3 buildings have it but not the rest of us. I live at the Waterford, which I think you guys also had power for that short period then it went out again yesterday. I'm hoping the next time I go back to our condo we will have lights! I did actually see someone working on Lake, it looked like a tree had falling down in front of the Carlyle but I have no idea if it was FirstEnergy or not. They've been pretty absent since the second power outage we had I keep looking out the window in hope to see FirstEnergy but it's only been AT&T or Cox Communication. I'm hoping they're working on it now!! Kelsey
Bryan Maday November 01, 2012 at 03:07 PM
"Last Energy"
Kim Wenger DeVor November 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Hearing from Channel 5 we will not get our power restored until sometime after November 5th..... why so long??? This is rididculous!! Has The Patch heard anything more or can they confirm these reports?
Mike Hund November 01, 2012 at 05:39 PM
You realize this is Lakewood, OH right?
Kate November 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Anyone know if power as been restored n Chesterland Ave?
Kate November 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@. Very relevant. Thank you for the post. That really helps with everyone's concerns.
mario ingraffia November 01, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Lake Road and Cove in Lakewood is expected to be closed all weekend. Dennis Kucinich issued a statement blaming the extended outage on FirstEnergy "incompetence." Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/northeast-ohio-still-grappling-with-power-outages-road-closures-debris-from-superstorm-sandy#ixzz2B00mPENA
mario ingraffia November 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Hey guys I did a little searching....Lets see if we start blowing up First Energies media contact if we get anymovement, Mark H. Durbin, 1-330-761-4365. Feel free to give him a call or 10,000
mario ingraffia November 01, 2012 at 09:53 PM
At this point I am starting to laugh.... 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)
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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