continued restoration efforts after Monday morning’s winter storm, which
caused significant damage and outages from heavy snowfall and winds in
excess of 45 miles per hour, the company said after deadline on Monday.
cases of downed lines and broken poles and equipment have been reported and
In total, more than
40,000 electric customers were affected. As of 5 p.m. Monday, approximately
6,800 customers remained without power, primarily in Porter, Lake, and
were continuing to work around-the-clock to respond to the damage, with the
support of additional resources working in the call center and emergency
command center to focus on power restoration efforts.
crews and resources have been secured for added support.
Based on current
information, NIPSCO was estimating that a majority of the remaining affected
customers--including those in Chesterton and Valparaiso, would be restored,
at the latest, by midnight tonight.
NIPSCO was also
offering the following safety tips:
* Do not use ovens,
gas ranges or grills to heat your home.
* Never use a
generator inside your home, basement, garage or other enclosed or partially
* Consider a local
warming shelter as a backup plan. In Chesterton, residents may shelter at
the fire station.
* Check on
neighbors, particularly senior citizens or those who may be disabled.
* Avoid downed
power lines, damaged poles or other hazardous situations. Every downed wire
should be treated as though it is a live wire.
that any service outage is an inconvenience, especially during extreme
weather conditions,” the company said. “NIPSCO crews working on the storm
thank customers for their patience and understanding during the restoration
assessment of the damage, 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,” the company said. “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,” NIPSCO noted. “Contact your local municipal
officials for more information on storm debris disposal.”
During power outage
events, NIPSCO will continue to provide updates regarding the current number
of customers affected, where outages are located and when power is expected
to be restored, using the following channels:
current information on the status of power outages and estimated restoration
the same outage map and details on NIPSCO.com from your mobile device.
or Twitter.com/NIPSCO--Follow NIPSCO’s progress through popular social media
channels to view photos and power restoration updates.
up for power outage alerts to receive outage updates, including estimated
restoration times via text, email or phone.
Find more storm
safety tips and monitor the status of power restoration at NIPSCO.com/Out