Chesterton Tribune



Scores of residents still without power here

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Sixty-nine NIPSCO customers were still without power in Chesterton this morning, and could still be without power until Friday, NIPSCO was reporting this morning.

Across the company’s service territory, some 19,700 customers remained in the dark as of 6:30 a.m. today, down from 95,000 at the peak of Monday evening’s storm.

Most of the affected customers in Chesterton were located in the area of 22nd Street and West Morgan Ave., where a downed tree snagged wires, NIPSCO spokesperson Megan Henning told the Chesterton Tribune. Another cluster of customers was located along C.R. 700N in Liberty and Portage townships, she said.

NIPSCO is calling Monday’s event a “derecho,” which according to the National Weather Service (NWS) is a fairly rare event typically occurring in the humid summer weather of the Ohio Valley: “a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.” Damage caused by a derecho is usually “directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath,” NWS says.

NIPSCO’s restoration efforts over the first 36 hours after Monday’s storm were somewhat hampered by a shortage of line crews, a number of which had been dispatched to the East Coast to assist in storm recovery efforts there. Those crews were recalled on Tuesday and additional mutual aid units from other utilities mustered, and at 6:30 a.m. today an additional 300 line workers were on the ground in Northwest Indiana, Henning said.

Even so, it may not be until Friday--and for some few customers until Saturday--before the power is back on in every NIPSCO household, the company said. “We recommend customers make the plans necessary to keep themselves and their families safe during this time frame,” Henning said. “We understand that any service outage is an inconvenience and thank you for your understanding during our restoration efforts.”

Restoration Process

“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 or debris that may be left behind,” NIPSCO added. “Contact your local municipal officials for more information on storm debris disposal.”

In Chesterton

Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Tribune that, in the main, the town dodged a bullet. No public street-trees were downed in the storm but in five or six locations private trees, or large limbs from private trees, came down on public rights-of-way. Those the Street Department removed, he said.

Schnadenberg did say that a big tree in Dogwood Park West was lost to the storm.

Schnadenberg noted that over the years the Street Department has aggessively pursued a hazard-tree removal program, specifically targeting those sick or dead street-trees which high winds are likely to topple. “We take ‘em down,” he said. “That makes a big difference in these storms.”

Outages Elsewhere

At 6:30 a.m. today NIPSCO was reporting the following outage totals elsewhere:

-- Valparaiso: 806.

-- Portage: 1,230.

-- Gary: 6,208.

-- Westville: 29.

-- Kouts: 71.

-- Michigan City: 50.

-- LaPorte: 65.


Posted 8/12/2020




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