Less than 1,500 region residents were still without power Tuesday night following Sunday storms and may not have it restored until Thursday night.
As of 6:30 p.m., NIPSCO reported 1,462 customers remained without power, mostly in Crown Point, Monticello, Lowell and Cedar Lake. At the peak of the storm-related outages, 75,000 customers were without power.
Most are expected to have power restored by Wednesday night, but some of the outages are expected to extend to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Crown Point was expected to have service fully restored by 5 p.m. Wednesday, but there were still 202 customers Wednesday night without power.
"NIPSCO understands that any service outage is an inconvenience for our customers," the utility posted on its Web site. "We thank you for your patience and understanding during this storm restoration event."
Several of the hardest hit communities offered warming centers to residents but few took advantage of the opportunities.
Crown Point opened its Civic Center Monday night, but no residents used it for warmth, city officials said. The same was true at DeMotte Town Hall.
Ian Nicolini, town manager in Cedar Lake, said the meeting room at Town Hall was open Monday and a few residents stopped by but none stayed the night.
Nicolini said the room is always available for residents in need of a warming center. Most communities said a call to city or town hall or the non-emergency number for police or fire service can direct residents where to go if the are in need.
Several south county rural roads remain closed early Wednesday because of storm damage, the county highway department said.
They included Union Street between Ind. 2 and 173rd Avenue, the intersections of 135th Avenue and White Oak Avenue and 125th Street at Calumet Avenue, 135th Avenue between U.S. 41 and Calumet Avenue, 141st Street between Parrish and U.S. 41, the intersections of 221st Street with Whitcomb Avenue, Cline Avenue and Calumet Avenue and Southgrove Street between 153rd Street and 157th Street.
County highway crews worked Sunday and Monday clearing roads of downed trees and utility poles with telephone lines or electrical wires tangled in them.
NIPSCO and the sheriff's department assisted in barricading closed roads. Highway facilities suffered roof damage as well as damaged garade doors.
Kankakee Valley REMC reported just 18 customers without power in Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph and Starke counties. Amanda Steeb, spokeswoman for the utility company, said service will be restored to all of those customers by day's end Tuesday.
ComEd reported 98 customers in the south suburbs remained without power Tuesday night.
Trinity Lutheran School in Hobart canceled classes Tuesday due to a lack of heat in the building.