Cleveland: Large trees trap homeowners

12:20 AM, Nov 1, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Crews from Cleveland Public Power spent all of Wednesday trying to restore power on Peony Avenue.

The super storm's strong winds toppled 50-foot-tall maple and oak trees. They pulled down power lines, snapped a gas line and smashed a homeowner's SUV.

The large trees also landed on either end of the street -- trapping some 40 homeowners. There was no way in, or out, by car.

"So whoever was stuck in here when it happened, they just had to go on foot," said Eli Rodriguez, who has been helping his mother, Rosa, a homeowner on Peony.

"We manage," said Rosa Rodriguez. "It's awful. I've never seen anything like that in my life, and I've lived here 50 years."

City-owned CPP crews are working 16-hour shifts and are on pace to get power back on for all of its customers by Thursday. CPP linemen will then join First Energy crews with the daunting task of restoring power to the thousands still in the dark.

At least 71,000 homes and businesses in Cleveland lost power in the storm. More than 20,000 outages remain as of Wednesday night. City officials say full power is expected to be restored by Sunday.

After 6 long hours of work, crews got the electricity back on along Peony, and one of the large trees was removed. But as they wait for gas lines to be repaired, homeowners like Jannie Simmons are trying their best to be patient.

"We can't do anything but laugh, or it'll take over you," she said. "We can't do anything about it. This is God's weather."


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