Chesterton Tribune



Tribune on half power, 1000s in the dark, schools closed today

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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.

Meanwhile, across 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.

“NIPSCO crews 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.

Meanwhile, classes 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.

Chesterton Street 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 5:26 a.m.

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 ice rinks.

Schnadenberg added that, at this point, it’s unclear how more leaf collection will be possible this season, as the leave piles are sodden and heavy.



Posted 11/26/2018





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