By Sue Botos
The cities of Rocky River and Lakewood have opened emergency shelters for those left in the dark and cold by area-wide power outages.
In a statement to the community, Rocky River police chief Kelly Stillman stated that the Illuminating Company expects the power to be out for multiple days, with circut repairs beginning today. “The Illuminating Company cannot give us a date when the repairs will be completed,” Stillman stated. He urged any residents with outages to call 1-800-589-3101 or 1-888-544-4877. Callers should record the confirmation number given.
“City crews are diligently clearing debris from downed trees and limbs,” stated Stillman.
As a temporary measure, Rocky River Memorial Hall will have a limited number of cots available for overnight accomodations, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Although space is limited, Stillman said that no Rocky River resident will be turned away.
In Lakewood, an emergency reception center is now open for those who need a warm spot to spend the day, at the Lawther Senior Center, 16024 Madison Avenue, at Madison and Northland Avenues. Residents in need of transportation should call the Division of Aging at 216-521-1288.
Approximately 12,000 Lakewood homes are still without power, according to Mayor Michael Summers. “The city has opened this emergency reception center today and we will reopen it again tomorrow to provide a place for people to come and wrm up,” stated Summers.
Officials in both cities are urging residents to check on elderly neighbors, and to use caution when driving through intersections with non-functioning traffic lights. The cities are re-evaluating the situation to determine what additional services may be required for residents.