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UPDATED: Fallen tree takes out Berlin Heights power

Zoe Greszler • Updated Aug 8, 2018 at 10:17 AM

 * * *UPDATED 11:03 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 * * *

BERLIN HEIGHTS — A very large tree limb that fell in front of the Edison Middle School is responsible for a power outage that affected the whole village of Berlin Heights and the surrounding areas Tuesday night.

 

The large limb fell across power lines at the intersection of Second and Center streets at about 9:05 p.m. The fallen limb caused power outages and the closure of Center Street. 

“We think due to the weather this limb came out of the tree and fell on the power lines, basically cutting power to the entire town and the outlying areas,” Berlin Township Fire Department Chief Andy Smith said. 

Crews were on scene at about 10 p.m., working to cut the limb into manageable pieces, to clear the blocked roadway and to restore power.

The fire department had several engines and nine men on scene working alongside three crews of electricians attempting to restore power and clear the roadway.

Witnesses said the power line sparked when the limb initially fell, however, Smith said no one was injured and nothing appeared to be damaged. 

“That’s the best part,” he said.

It was unknown when power would be restored.

“There’s no bustd poles, so it’s just a matter of replacing the lines,” Smith said, “but they didn’t have an estimate when I talked to them.”

 

* * * Original story * * *

The Berlin Township Fire Department Chief Andy Smith said a very large tree limb that fell on Center Street, in front of the Edison Middle School, is responsible for a power outage that affected the whole village of Berlin Heights, as well as the surrounding areas. Crews were on scene at about 10 p.m., working to cut the limb into manageable pieces, to clear the blocked roadway and to restore power.

It was unknown how long it would take to restore power. 

Check back for updates as they become available.

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