Governor Kasich visits emergency shelter

8:31 AM, Nov 1, 2012   |    comments
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As Northeast Ohioans face another night without power, the concern shifts towards the cooling temperatures. 

Governor John Kasich was in Cleveland tonight alongside Mayor Frank Jackson giving an update on current conditions. Officials say crews are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power. 

But as the power goes back on, additional problems arise.  Public Safety Director, Marty Flask says at 8 a.m. this morning 23 active power lines were discovered.  Those lines were guarded until they could be repaired, and by 5 p.m. Wednesday, another 21 other active lines appeared.

Despite the challenges faced by lineman, city crews as well as First Emergency are working together. 

Governor Kasich says he's received messages from Governor Chris Christie, asking if Ohio could spare crews to help.  The Governor said for now, the focus is our outages.  "We have to take care of Ohio before we do things in terms of getting our power on somewhere else."

After the press conference Governor Kasich took a walk through a shelter at Garfield Middle School in Lakewood. 

There we met with people like Gloria Waddell, a widow, who was just plain tired of toughing it out.  "It's warm and it gives me a place where I can knit cause at home even during the day it's too dark to sow."

Phillip Wiggins says he spoke with his power company Wednesday, and has no better idea of when his power will be back on.  Until that happens, Wiggins will spend the night at the shelter with strangers who after the ordeal seem a lot like friends. "It's real nice you know that people have consideration for people nowadays," Wiggins. 

WKYC-TV

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