M ore than 18 hours after electricity was lost at the Lucas County Jail, Sheriff John Tharp says crews continue to work to restore power.
The power went out at the downtown Toledo high-rise building around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews from Toledo Edison were on site working to find the source and remedy the issue late into the night; however, as of Noon Wednesday, the building was still operating off of generators.
According to Toledo Edison officials, an electrical problem at the Ohio Buildin g tripped an electrical feeder , leading to the outage .
As of early Wednesday morning, crews said a new transformer would need to be put in place and that repairs would take up to four hours. By mid-afternoon, Toledo Edison said power would not be restored until 6 p.m.
"Extra security measures have been put in place until the power is restored," Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said .
The outage has prevented the intake of new prisoners. Incoming inmates were being held in patrol cars waiting outside of the facility. Sheriff Tharp told WNWO those inmates have been brought back inside and are currently sitting in holding areas.
The jail has nine levels, including 6 inmate housing floors. The building holds about 346 inmates, and a booking area holds about 51 inmates.
A number of other downtown Toledo buildings are also dealing with lost power. The Hylant Building, AT&T Building, and the old Fiberglas Tower are all still without electricity.