Emergency plans in place for blackout

A three-hour power outage is being planned for later this month to allow crucial fixes to Wellington’s power grid.

Two potential failure points were discovered in the main feed line adjacent to village’ electric interconnection, First Energy warned.

The problem spots were found during a routine inspection of the grid using infrared scans.

If left unaddressed, either one of the potential failure points could lead to unanticipated blackouts of five or more hours, according to a release from the Wellington electric department.

Repair crews plan to fix the spots from 2-5 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. Only customers of the Wellington electric department will be impacted.

Additional police and auxiliary units will patrol during the outage and members of the public works and utility departments will also be working.

Anyone who is dependent on electricity for life-supporting functions such as oxygen will be personally notified of the outage. Shelters with generated power will be opened for their use.

If you have such needs, call 440-647-3827 to add your name to a list of residents to be served during the down time.

For more information, call village manager Steve Pyles or electric superintendent Dave Bealer at 440-647-3827.