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Power knocked out for hundreds in Kanawha City in Charleston

Appalachian Power Co.'s spokesman says about 900 customers are without service in the Kanawha City area Wednesday after a power line burned in two. (MGN Online)

Only 11 customers remain without power in Kanawha City Wednesday afternoon after nearly 900 were in the dark that morning.

Phil Moye, spokesman for the power company, said a power line burned in two off 42nd Street between Staunton and Noyes avenues. As of 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, 943 outages were reported in Kanawha City. County-wide, 1,879 outages were reported at that time.

Moye said powere should be restored by 3 p.m.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said in a news release that he met with the Appalachian Power president Wednesday to discuss the splurge of recent outages. Carper said the president assured him that additional resources have been mobilized to deal with these issues, which stem primarily from fallen trees and vegetation.

“The Power Company President recognizes that this service is not acceptable, and I asked that APCo be more proactive in communicating with affected customers. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to this issue and I will still be requesting that the Public Service Commission investigate,” Carper said.

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Elk Hills, Crede, Elkview and surrounding areas have sporadically lost power over the course of the last week.

Carper said he also met with representatives from Frontier, who assured him the phone service in Frame has been restored.

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