Power Problems Impacting Lewis County Residents
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on July 22, 2014 @ 7:00PM
Created on July 22, 2014 @ 4:34PM
Nobody likes when their lights go out during a storm, but when you're power goes out every day for no reason at all, like it does for many people in Lewis County, many people tend to get frustrated.
County officials say these power outages and surges aren't isolated to one town or area, but they've been happening county wide, and nobody seems to know why.
Commission President Agnes Queen says she has been noticing her own power going off, as often as three times a day. When this first happened, she thought maybe it was an electrical problem in her home. But then her neighbors started saying they were experiencing the same issues. Then, the county realized this could be a big problem.
“It seems to be the entire community, the whole county are having daily power surges. We have been in contact with their government relations person for the power company, and they are trying to find out what the problem is. They are now aware of the issue, I don't know that they were in the beginning. But, we've made them aware and they are researching, trying to find out what the problem is to try to rectify it,” said Queen.
Queen says these outages and surges are affecting many businesses in Lewis County, such as local ice cream shoppes and restaurants, where the power goes out and ruins their food. She also says its even been reported to affect the local hospital.
The county expects to hear back from First Energy sometime next week about their investigation and plan to hold a meeting with residents in the community shortly after.
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