“It’s a safety issue,” he said.
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DP&L spokesperson Mary Ann Kabel said the company had restored service to its larger lines and crews were focusing on residential outages on Friday. The goal, she said, was service restoration to 95 percent of customers by Friday night.
“We appreciate everybody’s patience,” Kabel said. “We’re working. We’re getting there as quickly as possible – getting things up as safely as possible.”
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Aside from the outages, it was also working to repair about 1,040 downed power lines and about 70 utility poles, she said. Kabel said those numbers are expected to climb through the weekend as crews continue to work.
DP&L considers safety, downed power lines and restoration “all as number 1 priorities,” she said. “I wouldn’t rank those in order. Those all come together at the same time.”
Kabel asked customers for continued patience.
“We know it’s frustrating,” she said. “We understand they’re frustrated – especially those who have been out multiple hours or potentially into the second day. And we respect that.”
Power issues continued Friday at Dayton Public Schools, which closed four schools Thursday because of outages. After losing power Friday morning, Horace Mann Elementary gave parents and guardians the option to take their kids home or leave them in school.
The school has a backup generator, which provides power to two thirds of the building, according to Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli.
Students who stayed in school used the part of the building that still had lighting and heat.
Horace Mann lost power shortly after the buses left Friday morning, prompting the district to ask DP&L when power would be restored.
Parents were then notified that they could pick up their children, have buses take them home or let them stay at school, according to Lolli.
The district decided against an early dismissal because some students don’t have keys to their homes or a parent at home to watch them, she said.
At least one road was closed Friday due to power issues. Kettering Boulevard remained closed Friday afternoon, Moraine police said. It was blocked south of Dorothy Lane until DP&L can repair a pole leaning over the roadway.