NIPSCO and Indiana Michigan Power representatives said power likely won’t be restored today after storms Monday caused widespread outages.
NIPSCO spokesperson Nick Meyer said the company is in the final stages of assessing the storm damage and beginning to make repairs.
“It’s still a bit early to make some of those projections,” Meyer said. “It’s safe to say that repairs will last for multiple days.”
I&M spokesperson Erica Putt said it’s hard to estimate when outages will be fixed.
As of 1 p.m. I&M found 32 poles and 18 cross-arms that needed replacement. Putt said that number is likely to increase as I&M assesses storm damage.
Some power transformers will need to be replaced, she said, which is normal after a lightning storm. I&M doesn’t have a fixed count on the number of transformers that need to be replaced yet.
About 1,400 I&M customers in Elkhart County and 17,770 in St. Joseph County didn’t have power as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. That’s about 3 percent of AEP’s Elkhart County customers, according to I&M, and almost 20 percent of St. Joseph County customers.
NIPSCO reported about 5,900 customers without power in Goshen and about 100 without power in Elkhart as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Putt warned that people shouldn’t go near downed power lines or trees near those lines.
“Even if a power line doesn’t look like its energized, it could be,” she said.
Customers can report a downed power line to I&M online or at 800-311-4634. Report downed lines to NIPSCO at 800-464-7726.