Reason behind 2 day power outage in Cuyahoga Falls


CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (WJW) – A power outage throughout Cuyahoga Falls is affecting residents and businesses for a second day.

The outage led to the closure of Cuyahoga Falls City Schools.

According to city officials, a FirstEnergy pole on Portage Trail Extension West caught fire and snapped.

FirstEnergy feeds one of the city’s main transmission lines into the Valley Substation, which is where the fire started.

The outage forced facilities like the Cuyahoga Falls Library to close early Tuesday.

Drivers were urged to take caution because traffic lights were also out.

Power was supposed to be restored by 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Police told FOX 8 Wednesday morning around 4 a.m. that the power was still out, even though the FirstEnergy outage map indicated power had been restored.

FOX 8 crews returned to Cuyahoga Falls Wednesday morning to find everything still dark.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Waters says that FirstEnergy says they have a specialized crew at the substation making repairs due to a main breaker that was not functioning.

The repairs to the damaged pole were made overnight.

FirstEnergy says the necessary repairs were made to restore power around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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