The schools are expected to reopen tomorrow morning, he said.
Also affected Monday morning was Rockway School in the Clark-Shawnee Local Schools district, although classes remained in session. A district spokeswoman said buses were already out on their routes when the power went out and finished their pickups. The school had temporary provisions for lighting and meal prep so the school remained open.
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Ohio Edison’s website reports that about 2,200 customers in Springfield were without power, with about 1,100 more around Clark County with no electricity. The reason for the outage is believed to be a raccoon, Ohio Edison spokesman Mark Durbin said.
“At 7:20 a.m. this morning it appears a raccoon got into one of our substation over on West National Road,” Durbin with said.
The raccoon caused the substation to short circuit, killing it and leaving thousands without power, Durbin said. Ohio Edison workers were able to switch those who lost electricity to different circuits and restored power before 11 a.m., he said.
Several traffic lights are reported as out as well, including at the intersection of West Main Street and South Bechtle Avenue in Springfield.