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Thursday, June 6, 10 pm Update

Dayton Power & Light has safely restored power all of the 70,000 impacted customers from the Memorial Day tornados who can receive service. DP&L serves 525,000 customers in west central Ohio.

On behalf of our employees, contractors and mutual assistance crews, DP&L thanks its customers for their patience during the around the clock restoration efforts. While DP&L still has electrical infrastructure reconstruction work to do, we encourage our customers and neighbors to volunteer and support efforts to repair and rebuild our community.

 

Thursday, June 6, 6 pm Update

Today, we continue to remain optimistic that we will have all impacted customers who can receive service restored by tomorrow.

Crews continue to work in the city of Dayton, Riverside, Harrison Township and Trotwood who are dealing with considerable amount of damage and debris.

As a reminder, if your home or business cannot receive service due to storm damage, you may need to have an electrician make repairs before service can be reconnected. Learn more.

Safety Tip: Take precautions during power restoration. Please turn off all the power to your home or business at the breakers. Be sure to turn off and unplug all appliances to address further damage to your property.

 

Wednesday, June 5, 4 pm Update

Today, we remain optimistic that we will have all impacted customers who can receive service restored by the end of the week.

Restoration efforts are complete for Beavercreek and we remain focused on the hardest hit areas with 1,000 dedicated crew members.

As a reminder, if your home or business cannot receive service due to storm damage, you may need to have an electrician make repairs before service can be reconnected. Learn more.

Safety Tip: Take precautions during power restoration. Please turn off all the power to your home or business at the breakers. Be sure to turn off and unplug all appliances to address further damage to your property.

THANK YOU to our customers, crews and community.

 

Tuesday, June 4, 6 pm Update

A week ago today as the sun came up, many of our customers had their first look at the immeasurable damage from the tornados that swept through Miami Valley neighborhoods. DP&L quickly went into action. Teams assessed, planned and gathered the assistance to begin the monumental effort of power restoration.

Our resilient community checked on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they were safe. Then they stood strong, taking the next steps to take care of one another and set their sights on the clean-up and rebuilding.

Today, we delivered on our promise of restoring power to 98% of customers that can receive service.

We have an “army” of crews working in the hardest hit areas and are optimistic that we will have all impacted customers who can receive service restored by the end of the week.

If your home or business cannot receive service due to storm damage, you may need to have an electrician make repairs before service can be reconnected. Learn more.

We have 1,400 people that continue to work on storm recovery efforts.

We cannot say it enough, thank you to our customers for their patience and perseverance.

 

Monday, June 3, 7:30 pm Update

Our progress for Day 7 continues as the lights have come back on for 97% or our impacted neighbors. Crews continue to work actively restoring power to the remaining customers.

We are on track to have 98% of customers that can be reconnected to be restored by end of day Tuesday.

We have an “army” of crews working in the hardest hit areas - Beavercreek, Riverside, Trotwood, Harrison Township and the City of Dayton to restore power for those who can receive service.

As DP&L restores the remainder of our customers, some customers may need to have an electrician make repairs before service can be reconnected. Here’s what you need to know.

With the restoration progress, crews have been released. We have 1,400 people that continue to work on storm recovery efforts.

Thank you to our community who continues to rally together to support those who need it most.

 

Sunday, June 2, 9:45pm Update

It is hard to believe that nearly a week ago, the Miami Valley experienced one of the most devastating series of tornadoes in recent history! Crews have made record breaking progress restoring 94% of our impacted customers. Our community has shown strength and resiliency beyond measure.  #DaytonStrong

We are on target to restore power to 95% of impacted customers restored by 2pm Monday, June 3. Moving forward, we will continue to work around the clock to restore customers. 

The DP&L Ice Distribution Center will be consolidated to one location and open from 10am to 6pm.

Thanks to our community for your volunteer spirit and patience during restoration efforts. Please continue to check on neighbors and family members as we work to get the lights back on. 

#ThankALineman #DaytonTornadoes #PoweringCommunity 

 

Sunday, June 2, 1:00pm Update

As we move into Day 6 of recovery, a shout out to our crews for exceeding expectations and restoring power to more than 92% of impacted customers. Our focus is to have approximately 95% of impacted customers restored by 2pm Monday, June 3. We are 1,600 strong working on getting your lights back on!

Traffic Update: Stanley Avenue between Webster Street and Kuntz Road is closed today from 8:00am to 8:00pm so crews can safely install new transmission lines. This is a critical component of restoration efforts and necessary to restore service for customers. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The DP&L Ice Distribution and Phone Charging Centers will remain open today from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the following locations. 

We appreciate the kindness of our customers with our line crews. We thank our community for their continued focus on providing the essentials for neighborhoods who have been displaced and suffered significant damage to their homes and businesses. 

More details at dpandl.com/updates

#DaytonStrong #ThankALineman #DaytonTornadoes #PoweringCommunity 

 

Saturday, June 1, 9:00pm Update

We are on track to have approximately 90% of impacted customers restored by midnight.

Traffic Update: DP&L has been working with the city of Dayton to temporarily close Stanley Avenue between Webster Street and Kuntz Road tomorrow Sunday, June 2 from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Crews will install new transmission lines. This is a critical component of restoration efforts and necessary to restore service for customers. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

The DP&L Ice Distribution and Phone Charging Centers will remain open Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. 

  • Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N
  • Trotwood Fire Station #72, 5469 Little Richmond Road

The outpouring of support is tremendous! We have so many Good Samaritans making donations or bringing the necessary items to the those who need it most. 

 

Saturday, June 1, 1:00pm Update

Once again, crews made great process overnight, we now have 86% of impacted customers restored. As customers are cleaning up debris from the tornados please remember to put safety first. DP&L uses the following tree contractors, they are working to clear impacted areas so that our line crew can work to restore and rebuild safely. 

  • Asplundh Tree Expert Company
  • BDG Trees, LLC
  • Fitzwater Tree & Lawn Care
  • Jaflo, Inc.
  • Lewis Tree Service, Inc.
  • Wright Tree Service

Today, additional line crews have joined us bringing our total to nearly 1,600 people dedicated to the restoration efforts. Our pole replacement count has moved up to more than 700 poles and materials have arrived to support our line crews.

Thanks to our community for your support during restoration efforts. Please continue to check on neighbors and family members over the next few days as we work to get the lights back on for our customers!

 

Friday, May 31, 11:00pm Update

Another day of great progress today, more than 60,000 customers have power! Our thanks to the 1,500 dedicated people working to get the lights on.

Crews continue working around the clock to replace or repair damaged infrastructure on our distribution, transmission and substation systems. We appreciate the patience of our customers, we understand it is frustrating to be without power for an extended period of time. Our target is to have 90% of impacted customers restored late Saturday night. Due to the extensive damage to DP&L facilities, this restoration effort will move into next week. 

The DP&L Ice Distribution and Phone Charging Centers will remain open through the weekend from 10:00am to 6:00pm. 

  • Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N
  • Trotwood Fire Station #72, 5469 Little Richmond Road

We appreciate our customers and communities for their unwavering support and generosity in helping our neighbors!

 

Friday, May 31 3:00pm Update

As DP&L restores the remainder of our customers, some customers may need to have an electrician make repairs before service can be reconnected. Here’s what you need to know.

DP&L Ice Distrubtion and Charging Stations will remain open through the weekend -- open tonight until 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. 

 

Friday, May 31, 1:30pm Update

We've made progress, but we still have a lot of work to do. We are #DaytonStrong.

 

Friday, May 31, 9:30am Update

As we are into day 4 of recovery efforts, it is critical that our customers remain focused on safety. We have a team 1,500 strong supporting power restoration. Traffic has been a major challenge in getting crews and supplies where they’re needed most. If you see utility trucks on the roads, please let them through so they can continue to restore power for customers as quickly and safely as possible.

It’s also important to be vigilant around downed lines as you remove debris. There are still many downed wires in neighborhoods. We cannot stress enough – especially since children are out of school, please keep them away until crews can make the area safe.

Thanks again to our customers and communities for your support, understanding and patience!

 

Thursday, May 30, 9:30pm Update

Our teams have made phenomenal progress restoring customers today - nearly 56,000 customers have been restored! We are very grateful for the outpouring of generosity from our customers and the community – your support, understanding and patience is truly appreciated.

This evening, the National Weather Service confirmed an additional tornado impacted the DP&L service area in Elizabeth Township, Miami County, southeast of Troy on May 27, bringing the total count to 15 tornadoes. They also upgraded the tornado that touched down near Brookville and moved through Trotwood, Dayton and Riverside to an EF-4, with estimated max winds of 170 mph.

Storms are currently moving through the Miami Valley, and we urge customers to be weather aware and put safety first as winds could cause additional damage, especially with the amount of debris and loose tree limbs in the area. If you experience a power outage, report it at dpandl.com/outage.

In case you missed it, Bruce Coppock, DP&L Senior Director of T&D Operations briefed media earlier today on the tremendous restoration effort currently underway, and the challenges crews still face.

Watch the video on our Facebook page  ›

 

Thursday, May 30, 4:30pm Update

DP&L Ice Distribution and Charging Stations will remain open through Sunday. Three locations will be open from 8am to 8pm Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. We will provide updates if this schedule changes based on traffic at the stations.

  • Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N
  • Trotwood Fire Station #72, 5469 Little Richmond Road

 

Thursday, May 30, 12:30pm Update

Traffic Update: DP&L is coordinating with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the State Highway Patrol for a 30 minute road closure of I-75 between Needmore Road and State Route 4 beginning at 1:07pm. This is a critical component of restoration efforts and absolutely necessary to restore service for customers. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Earlier this morning, Bruce Coppock, Senior Director of T&D briefed the media on restoration efforts. He shared the following information:

  • DP&L has restored nearly 47,000 customers of the approximately 70,000 impacted. DP&L proudly serves more than 525,000 customers in 24 counties in West Central Ohio.
  • We have 1,500 people dedicated to restoration efforts. More people are working on the ground than we had in the Derecho (July 2012) when more than 200,000 customers were without power
  • We hope to have approximately 90% of impacted customers restored by midnight Saturday
  • The remaining 10% will be in the hardest hit areas. Unfortunately, many of these customers had extensive damage to the structures. Sadly, they will not be able to receive service until they have been repaired or rebuilt.

Watch the full interview on Facebook

 

Thursday, May 30, 9:00am Update

lineman boots climbing pole

DP&L has 3,000 boots on the ground today (and in buckets… and on poles…) focused on restoring power to the Miami Valley. (3,000 boots = 1,500 people working in the field). As of this morning, the National Weather Service has updated the confirmed tornado count to 14.

List updated 5/30/19

  • EF-4 – Montgomery County, starting in Trotwood
  • EF-3 – Riverside, Beavercreek Township
  • EF-3 – Celina
  • EF-2 – West Milton
  • EF-2 – Northeast of Jamestown
  • EF-2 – Northeast Montgomery County, South of Vandalia
  • EF-1 – West of Wapakoneta
  • EF-1 – Northeast of Jamestown
  • EF-1 – New Madison
  • EF-1 – South of Hollansburg (Darke County)
  • EF-0 – Waynesville
  • EF-0 – Taylor Creek Township (East of Indian Lake)
  • EF-0 – South of Troy
  • EF-0 – Near Phillipsburg
  • EF-0 – Elizabeth Township (Miami County southeast of Troy) 

Thank you to the more than 750 crew members who travelled to the Miami Valley from other utilities and line contractors to join DP&L Local 175 crews and our local contractors to assist with restoration efforts.

List updated 5/31/19

  • AEP Ohio
  • ARC American in Indiana and other parts of Ohio
  • Bowlin in Ohio
  • City of Lebanon Coop in Ohio
  • Davis H Elliot crews from Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, and other parts of Ohio
  • Intren from Ohio
  • Grove Construction in Kentucky
  • Haverfield Aviation in Pennsylvania
  • Hi-Tech in Ohio
  • Hydaker Wheatlake Company in Michigan
  • Indianapolis Power & Light Company in Indiana
  • LE Meyers in Indiana
  • Meade crews from Indiana
  • Midwest Powerline in Ohio
  • PAR Electric in Ohio
  • Pike Electric in Kentucky and Virginia
  • Pioneer Electric Coop in Ohio
  • PMI in Ohio
  • Service Electric Company in Indiana
  • Tipp City Coop in Ohio

We should also mention and thank AEP Ohio, Duke Energy in Cincinnati, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, and Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company for releasing many of their contractor crews to support the restoration. 

 

Wednesday, May 29, 9:00pm Update

poles down on rail line, crews working in Beavercreek

Today, the National Weather Service confirmed 13 tornadoes in the DP&L service area, including three EF3-level tornadoes with winds up to 165 mph. We have restored power to more than 42,000 customers, which is more than 60% of the 70,000 impacted. DP&L proudly serves 525,000 customers.

We continue to request and receive assistance from other utilities. Today we had more than 1,400 people working in the field, dedicated to restoration efforts; tomorrow we’ll have nearly 1,500. If we compare this storm restoration to recent major outage events, it ranks in the top 10 (#7). Hurricane Ike (2008) and the Derecho (2012) had the largest customer impacts.

The latest count – we have 300 distribution poles broken, and 56 transmission poles/structures damaged. We expect those numbers to go up as work continues.

Our engineering and planning teams are attacking the challenge with 8 specialized teams focused on fixing circuit-level issues which will restore service to a significant number of customers.

We achieved a few significant milestones today:

  • Already mentioned, we surpassed 50% of customers restored.
  • Yesterday we had 19 poles down over the railroad tracks in North Dayton, blocking the rail line (top photo). The tracks are now clear allowing the rail transportation network to open.
  • We made significant progress restoring the main line on North Fairfield Road in Beavercreek (bottom photo). Once the main line is up crews will be able to start repairing branch lines in the nearby neighborhoods.

We will continue working around the clock to restore power to customers. In the coming days, please continue checking on your neighbors and loved ones. Ice distribution and charging stations will be open again tomorrow, Thursday, May 30 from 8am to 8pm. 

 

Wednesday, May 29, 12:00pm Update

As we remain focused on making progress in restoration efforts after six confirmed tornadoes in our service area, we have safety tips for our customers without power during extended outages.

6 safety tips for customers without power

  1. Protect your electronics
    Turn off your appliances, electronics and breakers to avoid possible damage when power is restored. If you were cooking when you lost power, double check that your stove or oven is turned off.
  2. Check external connections
    Many structures were significantly damaged by tornadoes on Monday night. If the electrical equipment on your home or business was damaged, power may not be able to be restored until you have an electrician repair and inspect your equipment. DP&L installs and maintains the service line. The customer owns and is responsible for the meter box, service entrance cable and masthead.
     
    DP&L equipment at your home
  3. Use generators safely 
    If you’re using a generator, always follow all manufacturer instructions for safe operation. Also, be sure to allow for ample ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide exposure.
  4. Use caution when cleaning up debris
    There are many downed lines in the area, especially service lines running to customers’ homes. Crews will be going backyard to backyard to fix these in the coming days. If you’re cleaning up debris in your yard and find downed lines, please step away and call us at 877-4OUTAGE or report online. Please keep kids and pets away until crews can make the area safe.
  5. How to know if food is safe?
    A closed refrigerator can keep food at safe temperatures for about four hours. DP&L is offering ice stations to help customers preserve food. A closed, unopened freezer can retain safe temperatures for approximately 48 hours. If you’re in doubt, throw it out to avoid illness. DP&L does not offer vouchers for food replacement, however customers receiving SNAP benefits may qualify for vouchers – they should reach out to the county assistance agency for more information. Customers who do not receive assistance benefits should check to see if replacement could be covered by their home owner’s insurance policy.
  6. Learn about community resources
    The American Red Cross is providing shelter for residents who were displaced by the tornadoes. Bottled water is also available shelter locations. DP&L is offering ice and charging stations at the Dayton Art Institute, Beavercreek Senior Center, and Trotwood Fire Station #72. Please bring power adapters for your phones/devices and get charged up. Here’s a list of other organizations offering support to Miami Valley residents, organized by county.

 

Wednesday, May 29, 9:00am Update

Yesterday, our crews and assessors laid the groundwork, restoring critical infrastructure, doing damage assessments, and getting resources. Today, 400+ crew members from other states/parts of Ohio join DP&L people and contractors as a force 1,300 strong, dedicated to restoring and rebuilding the electrical system in the Miami Valley.

We have restored almost 35,000 customers, which is nearly half of all customers impacted! Our planning team has seven specialized teams focused on fixing circuit-level issues that will bring a lot of customers back up.

DP&L is monitoring the forecast, as there is a threat of additional storm activity today. Customers should be weather aware and cautious of debris, weak and broken tree limbs, and loose or damaged structures as wind speeds increase. Always report outages at dpandl.com/outage or call 877-4OUTAGE.

Thanks to our community for your support during restoration efforts. Please continue to check on neighbors and family members over the next few days as we work to get the lights back on for our customers!

 

Tuesday, May 28, 10:30 pm Update

Tornado restoration work will continue around the clock for the next several days until all customers are restored. We restored power to 18,000 customers today of 70,000 impacted, and will have 1,200 people ready to hit the ground running first thing in the morning.

Thanks to our customers for your understanding as we are dedicated to restoring and rebuilding our communities. And thanks to our people who are dedicated to getting the lights back on for the Miami Valley!

We’ll be back with updates in the morning here, on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 7:15 pm Update

The outbreak of tornadoes in the Miami Valley Monday night caused extensive damage to our system. More than 70,000 customers lost service during the storms. Approx 49,000 customers remain without power.

Our teams spent today assessing damage, arranging additional resources, and planning and prioritizing restoration work. DP&L's restoration process is designed to address emergency situations first, like critical health and human service infrastructure: restoring power to water facilities, hospitals, police and fire stations, schools and wires down; then restoring power to as many customers as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Today we have been able to restore service to Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Multiple transmission lines were damaged and we have been able to stabilize the critical transmission network.
  • We have restored service to the City of Dayton’s water treatment plant while continuing to focus on restoring service for the overall water distribution system.

Ice Distribution Stations

Working with community partners, DP&L has set up ice distribution and phone charging stations in some of the hardest hit areas. Customers without power can visit the following locations tomorrow between 8 am and 8 pm to pick up ice and charge their mobile devices.

  • Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N
  • Trotwood Fire Station #72, 5469 Little Richmond Road

Continuing Restoration Efforts

Approximately 400 additional workers are arriving in Dayton from out of state and other parts of Ohio to assist with restoration efforts. They will join DP&L crews and contractors working around the clock. Restoration efforts will last multiple days.

We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work with communities and customers to restore and rebuild.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 1:45 pm Update

DP&L is working to open ice distribution centers where customers can get free ice to keep perishable food safe. 

The following locations will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. today:

  • Beavercreek Senior Center, 3868 Dayton Xenia Road
  • Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N

We will update this page and social media as new locations become available. 

 

Tuesday, May 28, 12:15 pm Update

DP&L is dedicated to safe restoration efforts following catastrophic damage caused by tornadoes Monday night. More than 70,000 customers have been impacted, approx 53,000 remain out at noon Tuesday. Our first priority is addressing emergency situations - restoring power to water facilities, hospitals, police stations, fire departments, schools, wires down, then restoring power to as many customers as quickly as possible. Learn more about our restoration process ›

We have 360 crew members coming from out of state and other parts of Ohio to assist with restoration efforts. Resources include line crews and storm assessors. We will work around the clock to restore power to our customers. We expect restoration efforts will last multiple days. Please check on neighbors and family members who may be without power. Keep away from downed power lines.

Customers without power should visit our Outage Center to report outages and get updates. We are not able to share individual estimated restoration times until damage is assessed and emergency situations are addressed.

We will continue to provide updates here, and on Twitter @DPLToday.

 

Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 am Update

DP&L continues working with first responders on safe restoration efforts. We currently have approximately 55,000 customers without power. The damage to the Miami Valley is catastrophic - there are many downed lines throughout the area. Please report downed lines at dpandl.com/outage and keep away until crews can make the area safe. 

Please check on neighbors and family members who may be without power. We expect this will be a multi-day restoration. Crews are still assessing damage, and we are working through our Outage Restoration Process. The process is designed to address emergency situations first, then restore power to as many customers as possible.

Put Safety First

  • Use caution and be on the lookout for downed lines when cleaning debris. 
  • If you're using a generator, follow all instructions in your owner's manual and allow ample ventilation. More generator safety info ›
  • Please do not approach our crews in the field. They perform difficult and dangerous work and must focus on the task at hand to restore power safely.

Emergency Shelters

Relief shelters for displaced residents have been opened by the American Red Cross and other organizations at the following locations:

Greene County

  • Beavercreek Christian Church, 3009 Shakertown Road in Beavercreek
  • First Baptist Church of Kettering, 3939 Swigart Road in Beavercreek (Red Cross shelter)

Mercer County

  • Coldwater Eagles Lodge, 101 W. Walnut Street Coldwater

Miami County

  • Laura Fire Station, 10 North Main Street in Laura
  • Hoffman Methodist, 2010 S. Main Street in West Milton
  • Ginghamsburg Church’s The Avenue, 6759 S. County Rd. 25A  in Tipp City

Montgomery County

  • The Ridge Church, 7555 Brookville Phillipsburg Road in Brookville (Red Cross shelter)
  • Morton Middle School, 8555 Peters Pike in Vandalia (Red Cross shelter)
  • First Baptist Church of Kettering, 3939 Swigart Road in Dayton
  • Corinthian Baptist Church, 700 S. James H. McGee Blvd in Trotwood (Red Cross shelter)
  • First Baptist Church of Kettering, 3939 Swigart Road in Kettering 
  • Mt. Enon Baptist Church at 1501 W. Third Street in Dayton (Red Cross shelter)
  • Ginghamsburg Church’s Fort McKinley Campus, 3721 W. Siebenthaler Ave. in Trotwood

 

Tuesday, May 28, 1:45 am Update

Severe storms with multiple tornadoes hit the Miami Valley late Monday causing catastrophic damage. DP&L is working with first responders to assess damage and restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible.

As of 1:45 am, more than 58,000 customers are impacted. We have requested Mutual Aid assistance to help with restoration efforts. We expect this will be a multi-day restoration effort. Please check on elderly family members and neighbors when it is safe to do so.

Customers without power should visit our Outage Center to report outages and get updates.

More Outage Safety Tips and Info

  • Always STAY AWAY from downed lines. Assume they are live and report them. Keep away until crews can make the area safe. Learn more about downed power line safety ›
  • Keep the following food safety tips in mind:
    • An unopened fridge can retain temp for about 4 hours. Consider putting perishable food on ice in a cooler to keep it cool.
    • A full, unopened freezer can maintain temp for up to 48 hours.
    • Learn more about food safety ›
  • Make arrangements to enable your emergency backup plan. Check on elderly family members and neighbors and help them make arrangements. 
  • If you are using a generator, follow the instructions in the owner's manual and ensure you have proper ventilation. More generator safety tips ›.
  • DP&L's restoration process is designed to address emergency situations first and then to restore power to as many customers as possible. Learn more about our restoration process ›

We will continue to provide updates here, and on Twitter @DPLToday.