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Power outage leaves 1,600 without electricity

Alex Green • Apr 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Up to 1,500 residents near Gypsum and 100 residents in Port Clinton were without power for several hours, according to Ohio Edison’s website.

The outage came at about 2:50 p.m., when a Beaver Excavating employee inadvertently knocked over an electrical wire, causing the wire to catch fire. Beaver Excavating is the company the Ohio Department of Transportation hired to handle environmental mitigation of mines near Ohio 2.

The incident prompted emergency officials to close Ohio 2, from Ohio 53 to Ohio 163, for several hours so work crews could replace the damaged wire. By about 6:30 p.m., power was restored and the road was re-opened, according to Ohio Edison’s website and county officials.

The blunder caused a multitude of cars to get stuck on Ohio 2 during the incident.

Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen Levorchick said work crews secured the wires and got the mess off the road, allowing law enforcement officials to get the motorists off the road.

   Ohio Department of Transportation employees did not return multiple phone messages seeking comment.

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