In the spirit of going out in a blaze of glory Hurricane Ike did not go gently into the night last evening. As a matter of fact it went out with a bang which was the sound you heard as trees and transformers were popping all over town from the high winds. Mother Nature happens and when it does your City crews get busy. Here’s a progress report from the front lines.
As I’m sure you’ve seen first hand, last night’s storm left a trail of tree debris and power outages all over Kent. As the storm hit City crews were called into action and they are in still in high gear trying to respond to all our residents needs. With the overwhelming amounts of calls we receive we have done our best to prioritize based on safety and severity first, and then we work the calls in the order that they were received.
Here’s the numbers you need to keep handy:
1. If there’s an emergency call 911.
2. For non-emergency public safety calls residents should call 330.673.7732.
3. For tree or leaf collection requests residents should call 330.678.8105.
We do our best to stay current on the progress of the power line repairs but we don’t really have any inside information, we just rely on reports coming off of Ohio Edison’s web site: Outage Status
Below is a sampling of photos from all-around Kent post Ike. Our City crews have done a great job during and after this storm event and its been a reminder of just how important city employees are in our day to day lives – especially when unexpected things happen.