AEP update on power restoration in southeast Ohio

AEP crews are out working to restore power following the ice storm. AEP photo.

AEP update on power restoration in southeast Ohio

SOUTHEAST OHIO – American Electric Power gave an update at 11 a.m. on the Ice Storm and work to restore power.

According to the statement from AEP, “Southeast Ohio suffered the brunt of last night’s messy winter weather. We’ve already begun moving additional line and contractor crews into areas affected by the weather to assess damage and begin replacing broken poles and downed power lines. Crews know that it’s cold without power but are asking for your patience. Roads are extremely treacherous or closed and much of the damage is located in ice-covered, hard-to-reach rough terrain. Our commitment is to get your power back on as quickly as we safely can AND to get our crews home safely to their loved ones. Because of the current inability to access many areas, we’re still determining restoration times for all areas except Belmont. For Belmont customers, crews estimate power on by 1 p.m. today. In hard hit areas in southeast Ohio, it’s possible customers may be out of power for several days. We’ll let you know restoration times as they become available. To get the latest information, be sure to sign up for our text alerts at AEPOhio.com/Alerts or download the AEP Ohio app.”

AEP also advised, “In the meantime, please check on the elderly and those who may need assistance. And always STAY AWAY from all downed lines and anything they may be touching. Thanks for your patience while we work to get your power back on.”