Saturday, April 10, 1999

Phones, power out until Sunday

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Areas in northeast Hamilton County can expect to do without electricity and telephone service for a couple of days.

        Three areas hit hardest by Friday morning's storms will likely be without electricity until Sunday afternoon, a Cinergy spokeswoman said late Friday.

        The area near the intersection of Montgomery and Kemper roads suffered the most damage, with 25 poles down, said Cinergy's Kathy Meinke.

        The area along Cornell Road in Montgomery, across from Sycamore High School, was also heavily damaged, with 20 poles down.

        Ten poles were down near the intersection of Kenwood and Pfeiffer roads.

        About 8,000 homes and businesses in those three areas will be without power until Sunday, Ms. Meinke said.

        As many as 200,000 Cinergy customers were without electricity shortly after the storm swept through Hamilton County early Friday morning. Power was restored Friday morning to customers in Addyston and Sayler Park in western Hamilton County.

        Cinergy had 100 crews totaling 210 personnel working to repair damage. Three three-person crews from Hamilton were assisting, as were crews from Cinergy's Public Service Indiana subsidiary.

        People are asked to call 651-4182 if they see downed power lines. They are to assume the wires are live and are asked to stay away from them, she said. General information is available at 241-9500.

        About 1,000 Cincinnati Bell customers were also without service late Friday evening, said spokeswoman Libby Koro sec. Power failures were concentrated in the Montgomery-Blue Ash-Loveland area, as well as a small pocket near Mason-Montgomery Road in southern Warren County. At the height of the storm, 4,500 customers were without service.

        Cincinnati Bell received about 400 calls for service, a 60 percent increase over a normal day.

        “We expect that to continue,” Ms. Korosec said. “Telephone service is not the most important thing to some people now.”

        There were no major pockets of power failures, she said.

        “It's a case where somebody's service might be out, but their neighbor has it,” she said.

        People can call 566-1511 for service.

        Cincinnati Bell was unable to get its crews into some areas because of safety concerns. As soon as crews are allowed in, the company will increase its staffing to meet demand. It had 12 crews, numbering about 75 technicians, on the job Friday.

        The priority was to provide telephone service to emergency personnel and people in shelters, she said.

        Cincinnati Bell Wireless and Best Buy stores are providing 150 phones and air time to the Red Cross.

        With demands for wireless service high, consumers are being asked to make only necessary calls.


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