By KEVIN NEVERS
At 9:30 a.m. today
the Chesterton Tribune was operating on half power--most notably, the
press room circuit was down--while 245 other NIPSCO customers in Chesterton
and Porter were similarly in the dark.
its service territory NIPSCO was reporting 25,834 customers without juice,
after heavy wet snow and high winds played havoc overnight with tree limbs
and power lines.
continue to assess the damage and begin repairs in some areas, as the
challenging weather and road conditions have extended throughout the
morning,” NIPSCO said. “Additional outside resources have also been
requested for support.”
“Winds in excess of
45 miles per hour have caused significant damage and excessive winds are
expected to continue throughout the afternoon, diminishing in the evening,”
NIPSCO noted. “Estimated times of restoration will be better known as the
day progresses. Stay tuned for further updates.”
“We understand that
any service outage is an inconvenience and thank you for your patience and
understanding during the restoration efforts,” NIPSCO added.
were canceled at all Duneland Schools today, after an initial two-hour delay
was called at 5 a.m., and downed trees and power lines have been reported in
numerous locations in Duneland.
Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune that a
line was down at the corner of Sidewalk Road and 200E in the Morgan’s Corner
neighborhood at Coffee Creek Center, while another fell across 1100N between
C.R. 50W and 23rd Street. The latter roadway was opened up around 8:30 a.m.
The Chesterton Fire
Department, for its part, reported damage to a house in the 900 block of
South 19th Street, after a tree fell and penetrated the roof at 4:46 a.m.
Firefighters assisted the occupants with moving items from an affected
bedroom and then turning power off to the room, before clearing the scene at
On the other side
of the tracks, the Porter Police Department reported a NIPSCO pole down in
the area of Waverly Road and Franklin Street, forcing the PPD to re-route
motorists through Hawthorne Park.
For the record, the
Chesterton Utility reported total rainfall through 8:30 a.m. today of 1.71
inches, which with the fall of wet snow has made the roadways a slushy mess.
Schnadenberg said that his main concern now is to clear the slush as quickly
as possible, before temperatures plummet tonight and turn the streets into
that, at this point, it’s unclear how more leaf collection will be possible
this season, as the leave piles are sodden and heavy.