Hurricane Sandy Update: Cleveland Heights Community Center Open Friday, Power to be Restored by Monday

FirstEnergy says it is working to restore power intermittently, but power should be back for all Cleveland Heights customers by Monday.

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Friday

FirstEnergy provided Northeast Ohioans with more detailed information about when power would be restored in specific communities.

Shaker Heights, Beachwood and many other cities were given specific power restoration time frames. But Cleveland Heights was not included.

Chief Jeffrey Robertson said police officials did speak with the company to get more information. FirstEnergy has restored power for Cleveland Heights customers intermittently — the Cleveland Heights Community Center, for example, will now be open Friday, Nov. 2 after being closed due to power outages for much of this week. But the company estimates that all customers will have power by Monday, Nov. 4.

The highest outage numbers since Hurricane Sandy hit were more than 8,800. As of 6 p.m., more than 3,200 Cleveland Heights customers are still in the dark.

FirstEnergy has not returned calls or emails to Cleveland Heights Patch since Wednesday afternoon.

Those who still do not have power can go to the Community Center Friday and charge their cell phones, laptops and other devices. The ice skating rinks are not yet available. Here's the email from the City of Cleveland Heights:

The Cleveland Heights Community Center will open tomorrow (Friday, November 2) and residents without power are welcome to come to the Center (Monticello Boulevard and Mayfield Road). Cell phones and other electronic devices may be also charged there. 

First Energy has been made aware of all areas in the city where there are still outages. The City continues to repeatedly request service from First Energy. Residents may voice their concerns concerning the handling of this storm to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Reminder: please do not go near downed trees that have wires entwined.

As a reminder, trash collection has been delayed one day this week. Leaf collection was delayed by four days but did begin Thursday, Nov. 1. All Heights Libraries are now open, and all branches except the Lee Road Library branch have computers available. Check the city's website, the Heights Libraries Facebok page and Patch for updates.

Residents can check FirstEnergy's outage map for power restoration updates, and stay tuned to Cleveland Heights Patch's website and Facebook page for more Hurricane Sandy updates.  

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