NIPSCO: Power outages could linger until Wednesday

2014-05-13T20:02:00Z 2014-05-14T23:49:20Z NIPSCO: Power outages could linger until WednesdayTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 13, 2014 8:02 pm  • 

About 860 NIPSCO customers remained without power Tuesday afternoon, and the utility company said many likely will remain in the dark through Wednesday afternoon.

"NIPSCO has brought in contracted crews to augment NIPSCO's full-time field employees to repair the extensive damage to its system from the storms, including broken poles, downed wire and other system equipment," NIPSCO said in a statement issued on the company's Web page.

NIPSCO representatives said 95 percent of the 25,000 electric customers impacted at the peak of Sunday's storm have had power restored. Most of the outages remain in the hardest-hit areas of Gary and Hobart, where 12 broken poles, tree damage and downed wires remain.

Power is expected to be restored in Portage, Gary and Hobart by mid-afternoon Wednesday, NIPSCO representatives said.

Marilyn Leach, 83, of Hobart, said Tuesday morning she has been without power since around 6 p.m. Sunday.

"There are two poles that are sheered off with transformers here and the backyard is filled with tree branches at least 8 inches around," Leach said.

Leach said she called a local tree service to come survey the damage, but the work cannot be complete until the electrical issues are resolved.

A member of the tree service crew brought Leach a generator so she can keep her refrigerator running until her power is restored.

Leach said she and her 14-year-old dog opted to stay home until the power comes back on.

"It has been uncomfortable, but we're getting by," she said. "I sure hope they get it resolved quickly, though."

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