Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 25, 2013

35,000 still without power


— Approximately 35,000 NIPSCO customers are still without power across northern Indiana this morning following a severe line of thunderstorms that quickly moved across the northern part of the state during the evening hours Monday.

Since 7 p.m. Monday, NIPSCO field crews have restored more than 52,000 of the total 87,000 customer outages related to the storm. The outages were primarily due to broken utility poles, downed electrical wires and other related storm damage as a result of heavy wind and tree damage.

The remaining electric customer outages are mostly located in the Lake County communities of Gary, Hammond, Munster, Highland and Merrillville. Other communities with significant customer outages include East Chicago, Lake Station, LaPorte, Michigan City and Valparaiso.

Local cities and towns currently reporting outages include: Bristol with 16; Goshen with 27; LaGrange with 33; Middlebury with 299; Milford with one; Nappanee with 34; Shipshewana with 80; Syracuse with 233; and Wakarusa with 147.

Approximately 500 NIPSCO and contracted crew members are currently in the field working to restore as many customers as possible. The NIPSCO restoration team has indicated it will have more specific estimated restoration time information Tuesday afternoon for the remaining customer outages.

For safety reasons, NIPSCO is asking everyone to stay away from any downed power lines and power restoration crews working in the area.

Power outages within the NIPSCO system can be reported from your smart phone or other mobile device by visiting m.nipsco.com, on your computer via the www.NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter website or by calling NIPSCO Customer Service at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).