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Ice storm causes power outages

Ice brings down trees, limbs

Ice formed on a wire fence from Monday night’s storm. Numerous power outages were under repair, several to be completed today. (Photo by Art Smith)

PARKERSBURG — Monday night’s winter storm left many in the Mid-Ohio Valley without power.

The combination of heavy snow and ice caused tree branches to break and fall onto power lines, causing power outages.

“We had quite a bit of ice-related damage with downed tree limbs and trees coming into contact with our power lines and equipment and causing outages in the Parkersburg area,” said Will Boye, spokesman for MonPower.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Wood County had 1,800 customers affected out of 45,786 served, according to MonPower’s 24/7 outage website.

Rockport was the hardest hit area in Wood County, having 30.59 percent of customers affected by the storm (130/425).

Ice formed on a wire fence from Monday night’s storm. Numerous power outages were under repair, several to be completed today. (Photo by Art Smith)

Parkersburg had 879 customers affected out of 25,242 (3.48 percent) and Vienna had 230 out of 6,076 customers (3.79 percent) affected.

Other affected areas were Belleville, Elizabeth, Mineral Wells, North Hills, Walker, Washington, Waverly and Williamstown.

The estimated time of restoration in those areas will be between 3 and 4 p.m. today.

“Our crews are working around the clock safely and quickly as we can to restore power soon as possible. We will have some outages that will extend into tomorrow (Wednesday) just because of the nature of the damage related to the ice,” Boye said. “We’re always working to restore power sooner than that if possible, but our crews are out there working to restore power safely and quickly as we can right now.”

In Jackson County, 847 out 2,177 (38.91 percent) customers were affected, Pleasants County had 498 out 4,029 (12.36 percent), Ritchie County had 1,651 out of 6,589 (25.06 percent), Roane County had 752 out of 6,468 (11.63 percent).

A tree in rural Washington County is covered with ice Tuesday morning. Power companies reported power outages caused by broken limbs or ice-covered branches touching lines. (Photo by Art Smith)

Those with Appalachian Power: in Jackson County 4,835 out of 14,191 (34 percent) and Roane County 186 out of 23,060 (8 percent) are without power, according to AEP’s outage map.

A tree in rural Washington County is covered with ice Tuesday morning. Power companies reported power outages caused by broken limbs or ice-covered branches touching lines. (Photo by Art Smith)

Ice covers the branches and leaves of a tree at George Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Belpre on Tuesday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

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