89,000 Restored Since Damaging Storms; More than 600 NIPSCO and Contracted Crews Mobilized to Continue Repairsby NIPSCO on July 2, 2014
Of the 121,000 total NIPSCO customers who experienced power outages resulting from Monday night's severe storms, 89,000 have been restored with 32,000 outages remaining (as of 9:30 a.m. CT). Additional field crew support from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri has been mobilized to augment NIPSCO’s full-time field employees.
Nearly all counties in NIPSCO's service area reported damage from the storm, but the remaining outages are predominately located in Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties. The storm's heavy wind, lightning and rain caused more than 130 broken distribution poles, tree damage and 580 reports of downed electric wire.
Due to the severity of the damage, NIPSCO estimated it would take multiple days to restore all customers affected by the storms. Estimated restoration times for areas with the most system damage will be available Wednesday.
As in any storm event, the safety of the public as well as those working on the lines is our top priority. For your safety, please stay away from any downed power lines and power restoration crews working in your area.
NIPSCO understands that any service outage is an inconvenience. We thank you for your patience and understanding during the restoration efforts.
NIPSCO’s restoration process begins with repairing large transmission and distribution lines that supply electricity to large numbers of customers in large geographic areas – including critical customers such as hospitals and emergency response. Repairs to other lines that serve smaller groups of customers can’t be made until the larger lines feeding electricity to those areas are repaired.
When crews work on damaged trees during storms, they focus on repairs that are critical to our facilities and to restoring power and do not clean up or remove branches and debris that may be left behind. Contact your local municipal officials for more information on storm debris disposal.
Customers without power can report an outage from a smart phone or other mobile device, on a computer via NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter or by calling NIPSCO Customer Service at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).