Belmont County recovering after earlier power outages
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio —
Power has been restored to several communities in Belmont County, after hundreds of homes went without it Wednesday.
The severe weather conditions took a toll on power lines in the county,
AEP workers said ice on trees and power lines caused a transmission line issue, resulting in many losing power.
The outage, affected 6,100 at one point, leaving entire villages without electricity.
"Out this way, I couldn't even tell you the last time it's happened to this extent,” said Bethesda Police Chief Eric Smith.
Bethesda was one of the areas hit. Along with the village of Belmont, their area was one of the last to receive power back.
Aside from the obvious inconvenience, the lack of power also posed some dangers to residents and public workers.
"EMS, with people with medical emergencies, that need oxygen or anything like that that need the power,” Smith said. “It puts a burden on everybody."
Power was restored to most communities by 7 p.m.
After being under a level 2 snow advisory earlier in the day, all advisories have been lifted for Belmont County.
"We'll be able to catch up on stuff now,” Smith said.