MOUNT VERNON — Freezing rain knocked out power for more than 2,000 customers in Knox County.
The outages began Thursday, with many continuing into this morning, according to an outage map posted on American Electric Power’s website.
AEP spokesperson Scott Fuller said the outages were caused by ice and snow accumulation. Fuller said most outages should be restored by 4 p.m.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office reported the outages took out their non-emergency phone lines this morning. Non-emergency calls were referred to the Mount Vernon Police Department.
The largest effected area was just outside Gambier, running between Township Road 254 on the north, south to Ohio 229/Township Road 54 and east to Township Road 94, where a reported 1,236 customers were without power as of 9 a.m. AEP reported the outages began around 9:56 p.m. Thursday.
Gambier had a reported 523 customers without power as of this morning. Kenyon College canceled morning classes. The dining hall and bookstore remained open, according to Kenyon’s website. Wiggin Street Elementary is closed because of the outage.
Scattered, individual spot outages, each affecting fewer than 100 customer, were reported by AEP east and north of Mount Vernon, as well as the east end of town in the area of Coshocton Avenue; in the north end and west side of Apple Valley; north and east of Mount Liberty and in the Mount Liberty area, in the area of Sparta and north of Academia.
The spot outages began early this morning, AEP reports.
Fuller said customers can keep appraised of outages by visiting the outage map on AEP website, or by downloading AEP’s free App.