Strong winds bring down several utility poles near Troy

A line of utility poles lies across Experiment Farm Road between Farrington and Eldean Road. (WDTN Photo)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Strong wind gusts Saturday night took down twenty-two utility poles north of Troy.

A half mile stretch of Experiment Farm Road is shutdown as crews repair the damage.

No injuries were reported and according to DP&L officials, those caught in the middle of it did the right thing.

The motorists stayed in their vehicles until emergency and power crews got them to safety.

DP&L has been on scene since the poles were knocked down and according to officials the cleanup isn’t a quick process.

All twenty-two poles, measuring 75 feet long need to be picked up and put back in the ground.

Crews also need to re-do all the wiring.

Thankfully, officials say the damage didn’t cause any outages.

According to DP&L’s operations director, these poles have been in place for nearly two decades and are built to last sustained winds of more than 75 miles per hour for 24 hours.

“It’s an incredible way we’ve built the entire system,” said DP&L’s operations director, Bruce Coppock. “The sturdiness of these structures is really incredible. So the winds that we saw right in in Miami county had to be very very strong. In fact what we’ve seen are the highest recorded winds throughout our entire service territory right here in Miami County.”

According to Coppock that portion of Experiment Farm Road should reopen by the end of the week.

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