Power Restored to 300 FirstEnergy Customers After Span of Wire Comes Down on Route 50 near Maple Lake

By Julie Perine on January 11, 2018 via

UPDATE: As of 12:30 p.m., customers report that power has been restored.
Residents at Maple Lake reported hearing a pair of “big booms” just after 8 a.m. Thursday. What followed was a widespread power outage with around 300 FirstEnergy customers left in the dark.
FirstEnergy Media Spokesman Todd Myers said the noise people heard was likely the fuse on a line popping open – caused when a span of wire came down along U.S. Route 50 near Maple Lake and disrupting power of 129 customers.  
It happened around 8:11 a.m., Myers aid. Shortly thereafter - around 9 a.m. - FirstEnergy had to interrupt power to an additional 165 customers in the area so linemen could work safely to get wire put back up.
Estimated time for restoration of service was announced to be around 12 noon, but some customers already report that power has been restored.
“There’s no obvious cause for the damaged wire, but the recent brutally cold weather we’ve had has been hard on the infrastructure and we had several other wires elsewhere fail due to the extreme temperatures,” Myers said.

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