Thousands still in the dark as Toledo Edison crews work overtime to restore power after freezing rain, strong winds

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Like many people in Lucas County, John Nelson is waiting for his power to come back on.

"[It's] a little frustrating living here in today's modern world and not being able to have the electric on," said Nelson.

Nelson is one of an estimated 1,400 Toledo Edison customers in Lucas County currently without electricity after Tuesday's freezing rain and strong winds. He says the winter weather forced a tree to fall on the power line going to his home.

"I heard a crash and the power automatically went out and I could no longer see my clock," said Nelson.

Now going on almost two days without power Nelson is relying on help from his neighbor to stay warm.

"I was able to run an extension cord over to the neighbor's home and able to fire up some heat and one electrical outlet and that's what it's been," said Nelson. "Edison must have their hands overfilled because they're unable to help me."

Despite frustrations Toledo Edison leaders say crews are working as fast as possible to restore power.

"Our crews have hundreds of locations where there's individual damage that they have to visit to make repairs, and that's just very time consuming," said Toledo Edison spokesman Chris Eck.

Around 3,000 Northwest Ohio customers are still in the dark, but that's down from an initial 33,000 customers. While crews are working overtime Eck says most fixes won't be easy as tree limbs and power lines have to be cleaned up first.

"Each of those repairs might take a crew several hours to complete—or more—if they have to replace a pole," said Eck.

Meanwhile people like Nelson hope that isn't the case as they hope to get back to a normal routine.

"I can't take care of other things other than trying to make sure that my house doesn't freeze," said Nelson.