For the second time
in a month a swath of NIPSCO customers in unincorporated Westchester
Town-ship lost power when a tree fell across a line on Indian Boundary Road.
occurred at 10:46 a.m. Thursday, on the south side of Indian Boundary Road
just west of Brummitt Elementary School, and affected 173 customers, NIPSCO
spokesman Nick Meyer told the Chesterton Tribune today.
On the scene for
more than an hour was the Chesterton Fire Department, and CFD Capt. Aimee
Gilbert gave this account of the incident.
arrived to find that a tree had failed, fallen across the line, and was
being suspended in the air by several remaining intact wires. The CFD was
forced to close Indian Boundary Road between Starwood Drive and Graham Road,
prompting, Gilbert noted, no little irritation on the part of motorists.
Allowing folks to
travel Indian Boundary Road, however, beneath a precariously perched tree
and over a live wire, would have been recklessly dangerous, Gilbert told the
Gilbert said, NIPSCO’s contracted tree-trimmer “happened to be in the
neighborhood” and was able to cut the tree off the wires and then remove it.
Once the tree-trimmer arrived at the scene, a single lane was re-opened to
traffic, and the CFD was able to clear the scene, at 11:59 a.m. Meyer said
that power was restored to all customers at 1:05 p.m.
A similar incident
occurred on Feb. 14, when a large tree limb toppled across a power line in
the area of Indian Boundary Road and Starwood Drive. On that occasion 165
customers were without power for a little more than four hours.