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Dayton Power & Light pushes back maintenance outage due to cold weather

Posted at 4:18 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 17:30:04-05

NEW VIENNA, Ohio -- A feeling of concern and disbelief made its way through some communities in Highland and Clinton counties over the weekend after Dayton Power & Light announced plans to turn off power for four hours early Wednesday morning.

The utility company told ratepayers in towns like New Vienna and Martinsville Friday that it would turn off the power between midnight and 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

Meteorologists have predicted single-digit lows overnight. 

Albert Waldron was among the concerned ratepayers. He said the frigid temperatures have already caused his water pipes to freeze and that he worried his mobile home wouldn't be able to retain appropriate heat for his grandchildren. 

"I can understand that it's for maintenance, but why would you do it on some of the coldest weather of the year? Somebody should have foreseen this coming and done it in the summer time," Waldron said. 

Tuesday afternoon, Dayton Power & Light told 9 On Your Side that the scheduled maintenance has been bumped back to Thursday due to the weather. 

"The safety of our customers and our crews is always our top priority," the company wrote in a Facebook post.