By Kevin Kelley
Trees and power lines were still down throughout Westlake late Tuesday afternoon, causing more than 7,000 of the city’s households to be without power, according to a First Energy website.
Around 5 p.m., crews were approaching a downed tree that had taken power lines down with it on Westwood Road, just east of Walter Road.
Westlake Police Ray Arcuri told West Life earlier in the day that dispatchers had been flooded with calls reporting electrical outages and downed power lines.
“We’ve got a lot of extra people in right now,” Arcuri said.
His advice to residents: “Be cautious. Take your time.”
City officials postponed Halloween trick-or-treating until Sunday evening, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Trash pickup and leaf collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.
Westlake City Schools, which were closed Tuesday, announced that Hilliard Elementary School and Parkside Intermediate School will also be closed on Wednesday due to the loss of electrical power. The other district buildings will be open for classes Wednesday.
The loss of electricity also hit Crocker Park, which was closed Tuesday.
Westlake Porter Public Library has power and will remain open until 9 p.m.
“We’re packed, actually,” said Elaine Willis, Porter’s public relations associate. The library’s Twitter feed noted that its Wi-Fi signal was having trouble dealing with the extra demand of the day, but that more PCs would be made available to patrons.