Ice on wires blamed for Toledo Edison customers being without power; part of Alexis Road closed


Most of the several thousand Toledo Edison customers who lost power in Lucas County earlier today have had their power restored. Scattered outages remain in Fulton County.

As of 9 p.m., 48 customers in Lucas County were still in the dark, down from 3,700 three hours earlier, said Debbie Paul, a Toledo Edison spokesman.

The largest outage was in Whitehouse and Providence townships, where a substation problem had arisen. Other blackouts were scattered throughout the region, and blamed on ice on wires, Ms. Paul said.

Also weather related tonight, Alexis Road is closed at the railroad bridges just east of Detroit Avenue because of pavement and drainage problems worsened by the current storm, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced.

ODOT's advisory, issued shortly after 6 p.m., said the closing is "indefinite." Theresa Pollick, a department spokesman, said repair crews will be sent to the area Wednesday morning.

ODOT contractors began rebuilding the bridges over Stickney Avenue and two railroad lines in November. The normal westbound lanes are being rebuilt first, leaving the eastbound lanes, which are in rough shape, open to two-way traffic -- until now.

Traffic is detoured via Benore Road and Detroit Avenue.