Dominion Energy begins restoring natural gas service in downtown Akron

First Energy Crews have power restored to just about all customers in the downtown area after an electrical fire caused outages until late afternoon on Monday.
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 3:01 PM EST
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Dominion Energy crews have restored service to some customers impacted by the natural gas outage in downtown Akron.

Dominion Energy said other customers could be without service until Tuesday or Wednesday as winter weather has complicated restoration efforts.

Service was restored to about 25 customers on Sunday evening, according to Dominion Energy.

The 19 First Storm Team reports that Akron temperatures are around 23 degrees with a 10 degree wind chill as of 3 p.m. Monday.

Several warming centers are open in Akron due to the extreme conditions.

Dominion Energy is also offering shelter for those impacted by the outage. Call 1-877-542-2630 if you are in need.

Below is a list of affected areas:

  • W. Exchange Street from Bell Street to Water Street
  • W. Cedar Street from Bell Street to W. Bowery Street
  • W. Bowery Street from W. State Street to W. Exchange Street
  • Locust Street from W. Cedar Street to W. Exchange Street
  • Pine Street to W. Cedar Street
  • A portion of W. Chestnut Street from Pine Street
  • Wabash Avenue, Bishop Street and Bonnie Brae Avenue between W. Exchange Street and W. Cedar Street

Dominion Energy will contact customers when their service is restored.

Do not attempt to turn on your natural gas meter -- Dominion Energy will send a crew.

A lack of natural gas was not the only utility issue in Akron, as for a good portion of the weekend and through the day Monday a significant power outage caused issues throughout downtown Akron.

Traffic lights were out throughout the downtown area for most of the day as crews worked through the biting cold and snow to restore power.

Akron Municipal Court and the Summit County Courthouse shut down for the day without power and multiple businesses and apartment buildings were without power.

The Harold Stubbs Justice Center, which houses Akron police operations was also without power but there was never a moment were police were unable to provide safety and service according to Lt. Mike Miller.

“Our 911, our non-emergency lines, our operations, our dispatch center, that’s business as usual, we are able to have a seamless transition because we had a plan in advance,” Miller said.

Getting the power restored was slowed considerably by the cold and snow as crews had to be switched out for safety.

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