Wide-spread power outage in Austintown, Youngstown prompts boil alert

Power was restored by Friday afternoon, but Youngstown Water customers are still under a boil alert

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There were about 8,600 people without power in Mahoning County on Friday afternoon, and Youngstown’s Water Department experienced low water pressure as a result.

The Water Department issued a press release saying affected areas included the west side of Youngstown and east side of Austintown.

Friday afternoon, Austintown had more than 6,000 outages and Youngstown experienced around 2,200 outages. Power was mostly restored by 3 p.m. Friday, according to First Energy’s website.

First Energy did not return a call for information on the cause of the outage.

Due to the low water pressure that resulted from the outage, the Youngstown Water Department is recommending that all Youngstown Water customers in the affected area boil their water that is used for drinking and cooking. A roiling boil for one minute is adequate.

The Water Department says it will notify customers as soon as possible when the water has been tested and considered safe. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is now requiring that all cities follow this procedure for all depressurization of drinking water lines.

Anyone in the boundary east of Raccoon Road, north of New Road and West of Belle Vista needs to continue boiling their water.

Those with questions should contact the Water Department Engineering Office at (330) 742-8765.