NIPSCO estimates all power restored by Thursday afternoon

REGION – In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, NIPSCO estimated that 95 percent of the power outages from the pre-dawn storm that moved through the region had been restored, including parts of Marshall County.

Remaining outages in Culver,Knox and Plymouth were expected to be completed by 10 p.m. tonight (for 95 percent of customers), with 100 percent completion expected by 5 p.m. Thursday.

Within the first 36 hours following the severe line of storms, NIPSCO crews worked around-the-clock to restore service to 96,000 of the 128,000 total customers affected.

Nearly all parts of NIPSCO’s service areas are experiencing sustained damage and electric outages. Approximately 32,000 of the remaining customer outages (as of 11:30 a.m. CT) are predominately located in Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties.

“Restoring a sense of normalcy to the lives of our customers is our top priority,” said NIPSCO CEO Jim Stanley. “Every available effort and resource, including support called in from neighboring states and utilities, is being deployed until service to every last customer is returned. We thank our community officials, especially local fire and police, for their efforts to ensure public safety.”

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’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