Power outage related to water line work affects Girard area

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The boil advisory affecting Girard residents and businesses was lifted Saturday afternoon. However, 234 Ohio Edison customers in Girard and Weathersfield and Liberty Townships were without power for most of Saturday evening, according to spokesman Mark Durbin.

A contractor doing work for the Niles Water Treatment Plant accidentally pulled down poles, initially affecting about 3,000 customers. A few customers in the McKinley Heights area were still without power Sunday morning; all power was restored about 1 p.m. Sunday.

As for the water, Girard Service Director Jerome Lambert says the city tested the water on Friday afternoon to ensure it was safe to drink. After a 24-hour period following the testing, the boil alert was lifted.

The main water line from Niles to Girard broke last Saturday, closing Tibbetts Wick Road and leaving thousands without water. The repair took longer because two leaks were found instead of one, and a part needed to be shipped in. The job cost the city $25,000.

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