Cleanup and Repair Still Underway In Wake Of Yesterday’s Storm

Cleanup and repairs are still underway in Starke County following yesterday morning’s storms. More than 80,000 Hoosiers were without power for a period of time, and Kankakee Valley REMC reports that roughly 3000 people are still without power, while NIPSCO says they still have more than 12,000 people out of service.  412 Knox residents remain without power today.

NIPSCO is reportedly bringing in additional crews from Missouri, Wisconsin, and Ohio, and KVREMC says they are working day and night along with neighboring co-ops to get power restored as soon as possible. Lake and Porter counties were reportedly hit the hardest by the damaging winds and rain, which crossed northern Indiana early yesterday morning, leaving downed trees, snapped electric poles and wires in their wake.

NIPSCO and KVREMC expect the remaining repair work to last over the next few days. Estimated restoration times will soon be published.

Both KVREMC and NIPSCO say that yesterday’s storm caused more damage than those on June 29. More power lines were downed, and more trees were felled onto roads and wires, causing an immense amount of cleanup and repair before power can be restored to many Hoosiers.

The Starke County Airport sustained the most damage as hangars were twisted and destroyed and planes damaged.  The airport is closed until further notice.