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Nagel Road to reopen by 3 p.m. after utility pole repairs

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    Workers repair utility poles along Nagel Road in Avon.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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Nagel Road should be open in both directions by 3 p.m. today after crews are done repairing the damage from 10 large utility poles that fell over during last night’s rain storm.

Mayor Bryan Jensen praised First Energy, saying they have a “huge crew working” and “really went above and beyond” to get the road open.

The road is currently only open in the southbound direction from Chester Road north to the Avon Lake border.

Power also is expected to be restored by about 3 p.m. to the businesses and residences that lost it last night.

Jensen said his best guess is that a microburst caused a pole to snap, and the weight of the one pole brought down the others.

“When I went out there this morning, you’re trying to look for any indication of what happened,” Jensen said. “But if you look at the trees, there’s no trees that were damaged so I don’t know if it was a weak pole or something.”

He said that wasn’t the only odd thing about the incident.

“The poles fell to the west, which is also really unusual,” Jensen said. “Normally you would see winds out of the southwest, you don’t see the big gusts (from the east).”

Jensen said there was no damage caused by the falling poles other than an inconveniencing drivers trying to make their way to work.

“We texted people and tweeted that the road was closed this morning, but it’s just such a compressed area,” Jensen said.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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