As the Blizzard of 2012 bears down on Cleveland, Cleveland Public Power reminds it’s customers and residents to be mindful of the effects of wet, heavy snow on power lines:
Heavy snow and ice associated with winter storms can increase the likelihood of downed electrical power lines. It is important to remember you should never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. Your first action should be to call 9-1-1 immediately, and then call your local utility. Downed lines can be reported to CPP by calling 216.664.3156.
Remember to treat all downed or hanging electrical lines as if they are energized. If you see a downed electrical line:
· Stay away from it and anything it may be in contact with.
· Do not put your feet in water where a downed line is laying.
· If you are driving and a line comes down on your car, stay in your vehicle until emergency crews arrive unless the vehicle catches on fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car.
· If you come upon a person who has come in contact with a downed electrical line, do not touch or move the person as you may become a victim as well. Instead, call 9-1-1 for assistance.
Additionally, the City of Cleveland has activated its snow emergency plan. Pre-treating of primary roads, bridges and hills began at midnight. We have 48 snow crews on the road around the clock. Public Utilities is monitoring the storm and watching for impact to its operations because of heavy snow, ice and high winds. Public Safety personnel are assisting with traffic control and responding to emergencies. The Cleveland Airport System is still open, though airlines have cancelled some flights.
We are expecting significant snow fall and high winds throughout the night and into tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional updates via the local media, social media sites (visit our Facebook page) and our website. Please make sure to check the news and online for additional information about the City’s response and the potential of closures or delays for Thursday, December 27, 2012.
Please use caution when traveling during this winter weather event.