The chief executive officer of AEP Ohio said on Saturday that he was calling for an additional 1,800 crews to help restore power to Ohioans.
CEO Pablo Vegas said that 1,700 crews and linemen were already on the streets working to restore power to nearly 500,000 people in the state who were without, 10TV’s Kristyn Hartman reported.
Some people criticized AEP for their response time.
Power officials said it could take between five and seven days to get the lights back on for some of the powerless.
Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard said that she felt as though she was in the dark – literally and figuratively.
“No word,” Maggard said about what she had heard from AEP.
Maggard said that she would like to be able to tell her residents what was going on, beyond the fact that they had a cooling center open in the community.
The mayor said that she though AEP officials needed to communicate better with community leaders.
Vegas said that Friday’s storms were worse on central Ohio power than Hurricane Ike in 2008. He said that Ohio’s extreme heat was making the problem worse.
According to Vegas, one of the hot spots getting attention by his crews was along Hamilton Road, where utility poles fell like dominoes
“If there is a ground zero to this massive power outage, this would be it,” Vegas said.
Resident Rick Baumann said that he understood that AEP crews had hard work in front of them, Hartman reported.
Baumann said that it took two hours for crews to remove limbs from a power line near his house.
“(It was) slow, dangerous work, and I really appreciate them,” Baumann said.
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