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'Domino' effect takes out poles, cuts power in Avon

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    Multiple power lines down are down on Lear Road in Avon on April 19.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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    Multiple power lines down are down on Lear Road in Avon on April 19.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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    Multiple power lines down are down on Nagel Road in Avon on April 19.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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    Multiple power lines down are down on Lear Road in Avon on April 19.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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    A storm Wednesday night took down power lines throughout Avon.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

AVON — Nagel Road is scheduled for closure today after nearly a dozen large utility poles with power lines toppled Wednesday evening.

Ten poles fell over on the east side of the road, seven of which completely snapped. The felled poles stretched roughly from Moell’s Auto Service, 1270 Nagel Road, to Christian Brother’s Automotive, 1110 Nagel Road.

Mayor Bryan Jensen said Nagel Road will be closed from Chester Road north to the Avon Lake border. Illuminating Company crews didn’t start the repair work Wednesday, citing weather concerns, Jensen said, but they intend to fix the downed lines today.

Jensen said crews will likely begin work about 8:30 a.m., and he expects the fix to take the entire day. Jensen said at least 14 businesses and all residences on Nagel Road and businesses on Lear Industrial Parkway will be without power.

It isn’t exactly clear what caused the poles to snap. It’s possible a microburst hit the area during heavy rain or that one pole snapped and the weight of the lines caused the others to snap.

An Illuminating Company lineman on the scene, Tim Brown, who first responded to the damage about 6 p.m., said ground saturation also likely played a part in the damage.

“Once one went, it was a domino,” he said.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.



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