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Power to be restored in downtown Toledo by midnight

Toledo Edison: We expect to have power restored to all affected customers except the safety building around midnight Monday night.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo Edison announced they expect to have power restored to all affected customers except the safety building around midnight Monday night. 

"We expect to have the Safety Building restored by mid-afternoon tomorrow (Tuesday)," Toledo Edison Spokesperson Chris Eck said. 

Crews working near Adams Street and Superior Street hit a power line Friday, which caused electricity to go down in several downtown buildings. 

The Safety Building was running with a generator, which ended up going down due to a broken belt.

Toledo Municipal Court will be open Tuesday. The court had been running limited operations. 

One Government employees were asked to stay out of the building for safety reasons and Human Resources was evaluating how the employees will be paid. Any deadlines on licenses, home sale paperwork and the like will be extended.

Businesses in downtown have also been affected by the outage and some had to rely on generators, including the Renaissance Hotel and Focaccia's Deli. 

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HCR ManorCare was another building closed over the weekend due to the outage.

According to Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, one of the four lines that was cut provides power to the backup generators for the Lucas County jail downtown. 

The jail had electricity during the weekend, but computer systems were down. Inmates were unable to post bond Saturday morning. 

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Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said Monday morning that operation at the jail wasn't 100% yet, but that releases started Sunday evening and everyone who was supposed to be released is out.

Toledo Fire Chief Brian Byrd said there were a few people who were trapped in one bank of elevators in One Government Center when the power went out on Friday, but those who were trapped were freed quickly.

"There was no threat to anyone," Chief Byrd said. "Our biggest concern was getting everyone out, especially from One Government Center since it's 22 floors."

Toledo Police Chief George Kral said the Safety Building switched to generator and remained "open for business" on Friday, even though the records section was closed.

City of Toledo spokesperson Ignazio Messina said there were 1,200 people who work in One Government Center affected by the power outage and closure.