The combination of strong winds, ice and numerous vehicle versus utility pole crashes created a perfect storm for utility crews yesterday as they endeavored to keep power turned on to customers throughout northern Indiana.
Scattered outages remain this morning after NIPSCO and Kankakee Valley REMC worked through the night to make repairs. Today’s temperatures aren’t expected to climb above 40, but the forecast does not include the wind gusts and freezing precipitation that created yesterday’s problems.
Downed power lines should be treated as though they are live. Do not try to drive around them or move trees or other debris. Neither KVREMC nor NIPSCO officials are able to offer estimates as to when power may be restored to specific areas. They say substantial, widespread damage like this can be more damaging than a major storm in the summer.