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UPDATE 4: Crews making progress in cleaning spill near Forest City Yacht Club

CLEVELAND — Crews continue to make progress in cleaning up an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie near the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland. Much of the heavy product in Lake Erie has been recovered.

Remaining product continues to dissipate through natural processes, such as rainfall and evaporation, causing it to pool less and making it more visible as a rainbow sheen on the surface of the water. This may cause it to appear as if the spill is spreading when, in fact, the rainbow sheen reflects a thinner product and requires the use of different equipment and techniques, which responders have prepared for, and will begin using during the next 24 hours.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

The Coast Guard established a safety zone from the southeast corner of Burke Lakefront Airport to the western breakwall of East 55th Street Marina. Boaters are prohibited from transiting through, anchoring or entering into the safety zone. Additionally, boaters must not produce wake while transiting near the Forest City Yacht Club since doing so reduces the effectiveness of the substance containment and recovery equipment being used.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.

Photos of the response are available at the links below.

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Previous releases can be found here:

April 6, 2015: UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 4, 2015: UPDATE/PHOTOS: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigating, responding to spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

April 6, 2015: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

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Cleveland Public Power, Cleveland Public Utilities

Contact: Shelley Shockley 216-857-6899 or Erica L. Creech 216-857-7951

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Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

UPDATE 3: Crews continue to investigate, clean spill near Forest City Yacht Club

CLEVELAND — Crews continue to investigate and clean up an unknown substance that was released Friday into Lake Erie near the Forest City Yacht Club in Cleveland.

The crews are operating under the direction of a unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyOhio Environmental Protection AgencyCity of Cleveland Public Utilities, and Cleveland Public Power.

Cleveland Public Power has accepted the role of responsible party for the cleanup.

The spilled product coming from an outflow pipe near the marina appears to have ceased.

Investigators believe the outflow pipe is connected to the nearby Cleveland Public Power plant and Coast Guard pollution responders have taken samples to determine if the recovered product matches the product samples taken from the plant and are awaiting results.

As of this morning, Clean Harbors-operated vacuum trucks have made good progress recovering spilled oil and the response continues to identify and remove recoverable oil.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is responding to any reports of impacted wildlife.

Coast Guard pollution responders from Marine Safety Unit Cleveland and a contractor from Clean Harbors remain on scene to monitor the situation.

The investigation and cleanup operations are ongoing, and more information will be released as the situation develops and it becomes available.

Previous releases from this case can be found here:

April 5, 2015: UPDATE 2: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders continue investigation, cleanup of Forest City Yacht Club spill

April 3, 2015: Cleveland-based Coast Guard pollution responders investigating potential spill at Forest City Yacht Club

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Six tips to you prepare for blackouts

Down wire

Storms potentially lead to down power lines and blackouts. STAY AWAY from down wires and report them to your electric utility or police department. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

The National Preparedness Community has provided the following six tips to aid us all in case of a blackout. As we approach spring and the potential for rain storms and other situations that can lead to power outages, please keep these tips handy.

Tips to prepare for blackouts below!

  1. Follow energy conservation measures to reduce electricity usage, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
  1. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer. Leave about an inch of space inside each one to account for expansion. Chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  1. Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
  1. Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  1. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help in lifting it.
  1. Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.

So now we’re asking for your input, how do you prepare for blackouts?

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Winter 2014: Electric Safety Tips

CLE was hit with a lake effect snow yesterday and today. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

CLE was hit with a lake effect snow yesterday and today. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Winter came in with a bang this week, and most of us aren’t prepared for the cold and snow. To aid you in your preparations here are some tips to keep you safe and warm.  The cold weather prompts concern and Cleveland residents should be cognizant of the fact that the majority of electrical fires take place in the winter months.

Downed power lines – Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line is 216-664-3156.

  • Do not put your feet in water or snow where a downed line is laying
  • Do not try to move tree limbs
  • If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
  • If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and you could receive a shock.

Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.

Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”

If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”

 In Home Tips

If you must use space heaters to keep warm, ensure that they are plugged directly into an outlet, do not plug them into extension cords.

Keep all furniture, draperies, flammable materials, and other household objects at least three feet from your space heater.

  • Always unplug your electric blanket when not in use.
  • If an in-wall or baseboard heater is shut off at the circuit breaker, be sure to lock or tag the circuit breaker to prevent someone else from turning it back on.
  • Because it is common for portable heaters and electric blankets to be recalled, make sure you check your brand and model to ensure that your particular heater or blanket has not been subject to and product recalls.
  • Never ever purchase a counterfeit electrical product because they have not met any of the testing or safety standards and they can be extremely hazardous.

By following this safety advice, you should have a warm cozy and safe winter season.  Additionally, be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detector as well as your carbon monoxide detector.

In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates as well as report outages on Twitter, by following @clepublicpower on http://www.twitter.com.

 

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Display “Transforms” neighborhood

These action figures are all the rage - just in time for Halloween. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

These action figures are all the rage – just in time for Halloween. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

If you’re looking for an interesting Halloween display and you have little ones who love the Transformers; then you should visit this display on Wichita. The craftsmanship and creativity used in this display is awesome! We can’t wait to see it at night when it’s all lit up and the background music is playing.

Wichita is off of Fulton on Cleveland’s near west side and once you’re on the street you won’t miss the large structure as you drive. We salute the creator of this display!

Megatron and Microbot are on display too. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Megatron and Microbot are on display too. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

 

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There are only two days left! CPP Open House this Saturday, Oct. 11!

We are putting the finishing touches on a great day! We hope you’ll join us for the 1st Annual Solar Sprint, Power Pedal and all of the Open House festivities including Bucket Truck Rides, face painting and more! If that doesn’t excite you, this video should.

Here are some highlights from our week:

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

Celebrating Public Power Week with coffee and donuts.

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We’re celebrating all week, join us!

Cleveland Public Power celebrates Public Power Week, October 5-11

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Public Power (CPP) is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 5 – 11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

We are excited about Public Power week because it allows us a chance to articulate why public power is such a good fit for Cleveland.  This year we’re especially excited because we are hosting our first annual “Solar Sprint,” a car race for children in grades 3 through 8, and a “Power Pedal” bike riding event for bicycle enthusiasts.  At the core of Public Power are the employees and customers that keep us in business, so we are also showing our appreciation with coffee and donuts for the staff and customers. Cleveland Public Power takes pride in serving the residents of Cleveland and is dedicated to providing reliable and affordable service.

Scenes from Cleveland Public Power's Westside Service Center Employee Appreciation for Public Power Week.

This morning our crews were greeted with Coffee & Donuts in Appreciation of their service and in honor of Public Power Week.

As part of this commitment to serve our community, CPP will host a Public Power Week Open House event in the parking lot of its Administration Building, located at 1300 Lakeside Avenue on Saturday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  The activities include the “Solar Sprint Race” which demonstrates the importance of renewable energy; “Pedal Power” which will show bikers how much man power would be needed to generate power for an entire house; along with demonstrations on how power is transmitted from substations into homes, rides in a bucket truck, face painting and more family friendly activities.

“Cleveland Public Power recognizes the importance of keeping the lights on for the people of Cleveland, and we strive to continuously find ways to do so with special dedication to reliability, safety and the environment… after all, this is our community – your power,” said Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power.

In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in the state of Ohio.  Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city of Cleveland and serves more than 70,000 residential and commercial customers.  CPP remains strong, safe and reliable as it strategically positions itself for the future.  As one of the most reliable systems in the nation, CPP’s employees want its customers to know that they are committed to continuing to provide quality service for the next 100 years… you can Count on it!

Public Power Week is a national event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C.  APPA is the service organization for the community and state-owned electric utilities.

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