Extensive damage caused by last night’s storms left millions without power in a swath from Indiana to the east coast.
(Pictured, large tree down on Eastern Avenue in Bellefontaine)
In Dayton Power & Light’s service area 120,000 are without power.
DP&L issued this statement Saturday morning:
The thunderstorms caused significant damage to DP&L’s electrical systems throughout our service area. Today crews are continuing to work to make repairs to the transmission system—the high voltage power lines that bring power to cities and villages. This is the essential first step to restoring power to homes and businesses. Crews made good progress making repairs overnight, but that work will continue throughout the day.
All available resources are focused on restoring power and we’ve called in crews from out of town. Due to the amount of damage, we believe that the restoration will take multiple days. If you are without power, you’ll want to make contingency plans. As we can make restoration estimates, we will keep the news media and governmental leaders informed.
Listen to DP&L Director of Corporate Communications Leslie Sprigg give an update on recovering from the storm.
Above all, now is the time to emphasize safety. Treat all fallen wires as if they are live and stay away. Never touch a power line.
Report fallen power lines and outages to DP&L by calling 877-468-8243.
Residents in Bellefontaine who are hauling away debris are asked to take it to Fred Carter Park on Lakewood Drive in Bellefontaine.
As of late Friday night, outages affected 7,513 customers in Logan County, 4,644 customers in Champaign County, 10,191 in Shelby County, 2,691 in Auglaize County, and 1,937 in Union County.