EAST LIVERPOOL - Area AEP customers were without power much of the day Monday, due in part to equipment failure.
Shelly Haugh, an AEP spokeswoman, said Monday evening power was restored by about 8:35 p.m.
She said transmission problems in the area causing outages for around 8,700 customers were due to a bad insulator on a transmission line in the Calcutta area.
Broadway Wharf in East Liverpool, or anywhere along the Ohio River where a cool breeze was blowing was a good place to be for the Labor Day holiday Monday, especially since many area residents were without power for several hours due to a transmission failure. AEP crews replaced some faulty equipment in the Calcutta area. Power was restored around 8:30 p.m. for some 8,000 customers. (Photo by Nancy Tullis)
As crews were working to replace the insulator, some customers without power were experiencing breaks in power -flickering lights - she said.
Customers were mostly in the East Liverpool and Calcutta areas, but the faulty insulator also affected the substation on the state line, Haugh said.
The substation is in the Klondike area of the city's East End neighborhood. Residents there said they had been without power since about 2:30 p.m., and that several times the power came back on for a few seconds then went off again.
Assistant Chief Eric Croxall of the East Liverpool Fire Department said firefighters responded to the substation around 2:30 p.m., but there was no fire or other problems.
Haugh said the transmission problems were caused by failed equipment, not weather or other external factors.