Columbus - 
State Senator Troy Balderson (R- Zanesville) praised the continued restoration efforts following the storms that struck southern Ohio on Friday, June 29, 2012. Winds during those storms exceeded 80 mph along with dangerous lightning and rain, which caused many fallen power lines and poles, as well as damage to transmission structures. As a result, Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency on Saturday. "Over the weekend, I visited many communities in Southeast Ohio that experienced severe damage brought on by fallen trees and power lines," said Balderson. "While the restoration cannot occur quickly enough for those without power and shelter, I am grateful to those who are working day and night to repair homes and restore power. My thoughts and prayers are with all of my neighbors in southeastern Ohio as we work to recover from these devastating storms." Until the cleanup is complete, American Electric Power (AEP) reminds everyone to keep away from fallen wires, and to report such occurrences to AEP Ohio at (800) 672-2231. AEP has also asked that all residents without power turn off all light switches and appliances until the power is restored. "It is important that we stick together as a community during this difficult time," Balderson added. "If you have sick or elderly family members or neighbors, please take the time to check on them today and every day until the power is restored." Anyone without power is encouraged to cool off at one of the following Southeast Ohio cooling shelters: Coshocton County Red Cross Building, 4th Street, Coshocton Senior Center, 2nd Street, Coshocton Guernsey County Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Avenue, Cambridge Muskingum County Salvation Army, 515 Putnam Avenue, Zanesville
Senator Balderson represents the 20th Senate District of Ohio, which is made up of Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties
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