Thousands of Elkhart County residents are still without power a day after severe storms ripped through northern Indiana.
Strong winds of up to 70 mph pulled down trees and wires, knocking out power to more than 60,000 customers Tuesday morning, July 1.
As of 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 5,856 Elkhart County NIPSCO customers were still in the dark. Goshen was the heaviest-hit area, with 4,897 customers without power.
Indiana Michigan Power reported 1,059 customers without power Wednesday morning.
The utility companies said Tuesday afternoon that full power restoration could take several days as crews worked to replace dozens of snapped utility poles and downed wires.
"These guys working here are working 16-hour days," Paul Chodak, president and COO of I&M, told The Elkhart Truth’s news partner WNDU. "And, they'll work 16-hour days until the job is done."
I&M said that most of its customers in Elkhart County had power restored by Wednesday evening. All customers are expected to have power by 6 p.m. Thursday.
NIPSCO reported at about 6:30 p.m. that 2,840 customers in Goshen were still without power.
Cleanup continued in Goshen, with most of the main roads reopening, Street Commissioner Denny Long said.
Berkey Avenue, which was closed in some areas following the storm, reopened Wednesday afternoon. Clinton Street, between Greene Road and Riverside Boulevard, remained closed, but Long said it’s expected to reopen by noon on Thursday.
A tree fell along Clinton Street, bringing down a light pole and blocking the street entirely. Residents on Clinton Street were left without power and in some cases their homes were damaged by debris.
Greene Road was closed late Wednesday afternoon to allow the power company to work on some downed poles and lines along the road. The repairs on Greene Road will restore power to a great number of residents on the north side of Goshen, Long said.
Greene Road will reopen when all repairs are completed there, Long said.
Digital producer Krystal Vivian and reporter Sharon Hernandez contributed to this report.