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AEP Decreases Line Sensitivity to Reduce Upper Arlington Outages
COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Ken Hines) -- AEP spokespeople have decreased the sensitivity of power lines in order to quell a recent spike in the number of outages in the Upper Arlington area.
Thousands of people have lost power in September as AEP crews work on an underground project designed to improve reliability.
The project led workers to increase line sensitivity in order to ensure the safety of the underground crews.
As a result of the changes, power outages were caused by squirrels, leaves, and other common animals and objects that came into contact with the lines.
AEP announced Tuesday that the lines' increased sensitivity will soon be relaxed in an effort to prevent further outages in the area.
The move likely comes as welcome news to many Upper Arlington residents who have experienced several outages during September, including one on Tuesday morning that disrupted power at two schools.
"My husband can't eat without power so that has really created a lot of problems for us," said Molly Ohsner, whose husband suffers from a medical condition.
AEP crews will work to complete the project without causing service interruptions, according to company officials.