Power outage in Oak Hill impacts local businesses

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OAK HILL, W. Va. (WVNS) — A main road in Fayette County was closed Wednesday, April 25 after a car lost control and hit a power line and the side of a building. It happened on Main Street between Central Avenue and Sumerlee Avenue in Oak Hill.

According to Appalachian Power, the accident caused a power outage to part of the area. This left line mechanics spending most of their morning fixing the power pole. The outage lasted from 5 a.m. to around noon, also leaving employees at local businesses, like Ann Rose at K and K Antiques, to open much later than normal. 

“Big time, big time inconvenience,” Rose said. 

Business owners told 59 News they were frustrated, as the power outage prevented many of them from getting customers.

“Everybody was sitting in their windows, looking out, watching the power guys try to get the power back on,” Rose said. 

Main Street is a major road for businesses in the Oak Hill Area, and for many of them, no power means no sales. Owner of K and K Antiques, Kim Justice, told us an outage like this hurts her bottom line.

“I’m only open from Wednesday through Friday, so most of my business is by appointment only, and with the power being out, no one could actually see my things. So, I went and canceled all of my appointments,” Justice said.

Customers, like Mark Scaggs, were also left with no place to go and no way of purchasing the items they need.

“Well, I always come down here, and Wendy’s is a good place to come get coffee in the morning. There are a lot of gentleman that come down there, and we sit and all gather around, but that’s not going to happen today,” Scaggs said. 

AEP was able to get the power back on and businesses opened around 4 hours later than they normally do on Wednesday. 

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