No hiccups in pre-dawn blackout


Darkness filled the streets of Wellington early Monday morning when the power was shut off to allow FirstEnergy to fix two potential failure points in the power grid main feed line.

Traffic signals powered by generators, fire engines and police vehicles were the only lights outside for about three and a half hours.

The blackout was initially scheduled for Sunday at 2 a.m., but inclement weather pushed it back one day. The Wellington electric department was notified by FirstEnergy and Ohio Edison on June 8 of the need to make the fixes.

Village electric superintendent Dave Bealer said everything went smoothly and the crew was finished around 5:30 a.m.

The village keeps records of all residents who have a medical need for power and designated two sites that would be powered by generators in case someone needed electricity.

Village manager Steve Pyles said no one requested it and no one showed up.

Firefighters, police officers, and auxillary police patrolled the streets to ensure nothing inappropriate happened during the blackout.

“Even our public works department had a couple trucks out just to put a presence on the street while the lights were out,” Pyles said.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

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