Toledo Edison continues work to restore power in downtown Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - UPDATE: 5:40 AM MONDAY

Toledo Edison crews continue working to restore power to several downtown buildings following an outage caused by a worker hitting a power line.

According to a spokesperson for the company, crews were able to re-energize a circuit just after 9 PM Sunday night but another fault in the line caused it to short. Crews now need to find and repair this new fault before power can be restored. There is currently no specific timeline for that restoration.

In the meantime, power remains out at several government buildings downtown, including One Government Center, the Safety Building and the Toledo Municipal Court. Government Center and the Municipal Court are closed Monday. The Safety Building is on generator power and will be open and accepting reports, according to a city spokesperson.
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UPDATE: 11:00 AM SATURDAY

A Toledo Edison spokesperson says employees are working to restore power to multiple buildings in downtown Toledo. Power is expected to be fully restored by 8:00 PM Sunday.
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Power issues remained well into Friday night in downtown Toledo after an accident Friday morning that cut the power to 5 major buildings. Many tried to make the best out of bad situations.

The buildings affected were HCR Manorcare, the Toledo Police Safety Building, One Government Center, Toledo Municipal Court, and the Renaissance Hotel.

Friday evening was a perfect night for Ellerhorst family to relax on the Maumee River as they waited to check into the Renaissance Hotel on their visit from Cincinnati.

"We're down by the river, cool breeze, sun's out. We're making the best of it," said James Ellerhorst.

The Renaissance and those four other buildings lost power Friday morning when a contractor hit an underground duct work vault at the corner of Adams and Superior downtown. That affected 4 primary feeder lines. Toledo Edison says all the utilities were properly marked.

"You see all kinds of things in the city, especially where there is older infrastructure. It's not usual but it doesn't happen every day," said Chris Eck of Toledo Edison.

Repairing the damage is tricky. Crews need to first secure the lines, then find ways to fix the lines, trying as quickly as possible to restore power to the buildings. Working in an older downtown can become even more difficult.

"Wherever you see these cities that came up before the industrial revolution and then were electrified, since they installed that stuff. It's getting to be 100 year old, all of that stuff," said Eck.

Not all hope was lost, outside the Renaissance a wedding went on as planned as the electrical outlets outside worked and positivity won out.

"We're here with great friends. We're going to have fun. We're just starting off. We're just chilling. It's not the best of circumstances. Yeah we're here to have fun," said Ellerhorst.

Toledo Edison tells 13abc that they have isolated the four circuits. The company is expected to have a plan by 10:00 am Saturday to fix the issues.