Utility Repair Crews Will Work Through Weekend

A felled tree comes to rest on power lines in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.(Photo: Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)
A felled tree comes to rest on power lines in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.(Photo: Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)

American Electric Power says much of its restoration work is now concentrated in the Newark and Athens area.

Spokeswoman Terri Flora says 87 percent of customers who lost power a week ago were  re-supplied by mid-morning Friday .

Flora  adds that crews now are often working in heavily wooded and in some cases steep terrain to restore power to what she calls “clusters” of customers.

Seven crew workers required medical treatment: one for exposure to poison ivy, another for bee stings, and five for heat related symptoms.  AEP later released this video.

The Columbus based utility says no cost estimate for repairs is available. Four years ago, the bill to restore power after winds from Hurricane Ike blew through totaled more than $41 million AEP was allowed to recover  $28  million of those costs through delayed rate increases.

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