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Cleveland Public Power customers sick of being stuck in the dark

Outages leading to outrage
Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 03, 2018

Frustrated by a string of outages, some Cleveland Public Power customers living on the city's west side say something needs to change.  

Electricity started flowing again around 12:30 p.m. Monday after hundreds of homes and business near West 117th Street lost power Sunday evening.  A CPP spokesperson said high usage resulting from the weekend's warm weather taxed the system and caused equipment breakdowns. 

But for some of the affected customers, it was the third outage in a month.

"If we were having a big snowstorm, a tornado, maybe," said Roger Brown, a longtime CPP customer.  "But come on, saying that the heat's causing this, if they aren't prepared for the heat, they're no kind of company."

Like Brown, Marilyn Simmons says she's ready to look for another energy company after spending 19 hours without electricity.

"We're ready to leave," said Simmons.  "We can't stand you. You're a cheaper utility, but this is ridiculous."