CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city’s Electric Department dealt with two different power outages during a two-day period, each of which affected more than 1,000 customers.
On Wednesday at 8:54 a.m., a squirrel went across power lines and “and caused several circuit breakers to open up and lock out,” Falls Electric Department Superintendent Michael Dougherty. He noted a total of 1,366 customers lost power for about 30 minutes.
“After the squirrel was removed, power was completely restored by 9:21 a.m.,” said Dougherty.
He added the area impacted was Wyoga Lake Road and nearby streets north of Marc Drive; East Steels Corners Road and nearby streets in between Wyoga Lake Road and State Road; and State Road north of Steel Corners, Akron-Cleveland Road, and Quick Road and streets nearby to those streets.
“Most of the customers on East Steels Corners Road, State Road north of Steel Corners, Akron-Cleveland Road, and Quick Road and streets nearby those streets had power restored in less than one second due to our feeder automation system in that area that switched them quickly onto another feeder,” according to Dougherty.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday at 3:20 p.m., a total of 1,040 customers on Tallmadge Road and streets close to Tallmadge Road between Newberry Street and Taylor Avenue lost power after a feeder “opened up,” said Dougherty.
“The initial reason why the power went out was cut-outs blew open on a pole located on Tallmadge Road across from Cook Street,” said Dougherty. “The reason why the cut-outs blew has not been determined for sure, but it was likely a squirrel or a bird that went across the power lines … It is believed that the force of the cuts-outs blowing open caused three power lines attached to that pole to disconnect and drop to the ground, which is the reason the power stayed out.”
Electric workers were able to restore power to all but six customers by 4:40 p.m. and the remaining six were back online by 5:40, according to Dougherty.