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Power restored to most customers in Defiance County

DEFIANCE COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) - Freezing rain and ice have created problems across the area. One of the hardest hit areas was Defiance County, Ohio. 

Several sections of the northwest Ohio county lost power Tuesday as a result of the ice storm and fallen tree branches. 

According to Toledo Edison, the company that provides power in that area, nearly 900 customers were without power in Defiance County until about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

One of those customers was the Defiance County Sheriff's Office and E911 Center. They lost power for about an hour early Wednesday morning. All 911 calls were being diverted to the Williams County 911 Center until all of their systems were back online. 

Toledo Edison notified customers in Defiance County that certain areas could be without power until Friday because of the amount of individual outages around the county, but that seemed to change dramatically overnight Wednesday as the number dropped from nearly 900, to only 78 customers without power.

It's not clear what caused the sudden improvement or if the remaining customers will see power restored sooner than Friday.

Public safety officials remind any people still without power to take precautions during this time. 

Residents on home oxygen theraphy are advised to contact their oxygen provider if they need additional oxygen. If you're not able to reach your provider, you can call the Defiance County Public Safety Office at (419) 782-1130 for any non emergency assistance.

Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911. 

Officials also remind people to be careful using generators and alternative heat sources, as they can emit carbon monoxide or cause fires. 

Toledo Edison customers can track current power outages on the company's outage map here.

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