Thursday, November 8, 2012
Cleveland Heights City Council member Jason Stein wrote a letter to the president and CEO of FirstEnergy and says the company should have been more prepared for Superstorm Sandy in Northeast Ohio. Mayor Ed Kelley gave the company a D minus.
Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley said that if he had to give FirstEnergy's response during Superstorm Sandy a letter grade, he'd give the company a D minus. This does not include the crews who came out to Cleveland Heights to help restore power — he'd give them an A plus. But Kelley isn't happy with the way FirstEnergy managed crews or information. He said local employees were sent to the east coast though they knew Northeast Ohio would be hit hard, and residents didn't have information about when their power would come back. Nearly 9,000 Cleveland Heights FirstEnergy customers, more than 40 percent of those they serve in the city, lost power at some point. Power was restored throughout the week, but some residents were in the dark …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
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 …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The storm has hit Ohio hard - check out the effects so far.
Hurricane Sandy has pummeled the East Coast, and its massive impact has reached as far as Northeast Ohio. The storm has brought high winds to the area, knocking out power to many and causing huge waves on Lake Erie. Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson said the intersection of North Park and Coventry is closed in all directions due to high water. Drivers should not try to drive through — one car was stuck already this morning. Lee Road is closed between Cedar southbound to Meadowbrook downed wires and high water, he said. We'll have more information soon. Click the links below for the latest on the storm.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Power outages are expected across Northeast Ohio due to strong winds from Hurricane Sandy.
Updated at 5:42 p.m. Tuesday More than 7,300 Cleveland Heights FirstEnergy customers out of 21,485 total, or 34 percent, still do not have power. Updated at noon Tuesday More than 8,800 FirstEnergy customers are now without power in Cleveland Heights. Check out Cleveland Heights Patch's Facebook page for more information — residents are updating us on which areas are dark and telling us if they still have power. Updated at 6:00 a.m., 7:47 a.m. Tuesday More than 6,700 customers who have lost power so far in Cleveland Heights could remain without power until Tuesday afternoon, according to FirstEnergy. Residents reported outages Monday night near the intersection of Fairmount and Coventry, the Severance area and along South Taylor Road on …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
People lost power when the storms hit about an hour ago, more reports may come in
About 12,000 people in several cities in Northeast Ohio lost their power this morning after storms hit the area. About 100 people are out in Cleveland Heights, 650 in Shaker Heights, 55 in Beachwood, less than 500 in Mayfield Heights and between 500 and 2,000 in Solon, said Mark Durbin, spokesperson for FirstEnergy. That number could increase as people come home and discover they have no power, he said. Though he did not know the exact cause of all the outages, he said most likely the wind took out limbs and trees, which damaged FirstEnergy's equipment, or strong winds took down power sources. Durbin said the company hopes to have a majority of the outages restored by this evening, but that could change if storms continue to move …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
About 1,200 residents still without power
Updated 8:40 a.m. Friday Power has been restored for all but about 130 residents in Cleveland Heights. Some may still be out until Saturday as crews continue to repair damaged poles and wires, said Mark Durbin, spokesperson for FirstEnergy. ---- Updated 3 p.m. Thursday About 4,000 Cleveland Heights residents lost their power this morning due to the 50 to 70 mph winds that tore through the Cleveland area Wednesday night. About 1,200 still don't have power, Durbin said. In Cuyahoga County, 38,000 residents also are out. "We got reports of winds at 50 mph and gusts as high as 65 mph — that's why you heard the freight train," Durbin said. When freezing rain coated trees, sidewalks, fences, cars and everything else in ice after a storm in …