First Energy: Power at Lucas Co. Jail should be back online soon

The power company says power should soon be restored to the Lucas County Jail and 2 other Downtown Toledo customers.

After nearly two hours offline, a First Energy spokesperson tells WNWO that the

Lucas County Corrections Center

will be back online "shortly".

That update was provided just after 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday following a power outage throughout the nine level jail.

A First Energy official added that the problem not only impacted the jail but two other major Toledo Edison customers, Libbey-Owens-Ford and the Ohio Building.

The outages occurred as crews, with the power company, were working to resolve another issue and caused a "feeder trip" to their network system downtown.

Meantime, according to Sheriff John Tharp, "Extra security measures have been put in place until the power is restored."

The Sheriff added that backup generators were functioning at the jail and were providing powers to all essential areas.

Toledo Police dispatch reports that their officers were first asked to assist jail staff after the outage at around 6:45 p.m.

Jail phone lines were also knocked out because of the power outage.

The intake of new prisoners is being delayed until the lights are restored.

In the meantime, a plan is in place to hold any incoming inmates in patrol cars outside of the facility.

The Lucas County website says the jail has a "recommended capacity of 346 inmates, and a booking area with a recommended capacity of 51 inmates."

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp reports, however, that 429 inmates are currently housed in the jail.