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Some Outages Could Continue Into Wednesday

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Restoration efforts continue after severe storms swept through northwest Indiana Sunday, leaving behind a lot of downed trees and power lines. Northern Indiana Public Service Company says all available field employees are focusing their attention to getting the power back on to the remaining 16-hundred customers without power. NIPSCO has brought in contracted crews to assist. Extensive damage includes broken poles, downed wire and other system equipment. About 25-thousand total customers lost power in the severe weather. NIPSCO today said electric service will continue to come back throughout the day, but some outages in Gary, Hobart and Portage are expected to extend into tomorrow (Wednesday, May 14).
Link to NIPSCO Outage updates: http://www.nipsco.com/en/stormcenter
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Additional information from NIPSCO:
Customers without power can report an outage from a smart phone or other mobile device, on a computer via the NIPSCO.com/OutageCenter or by calling NIPSCO Customer Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).

Restoration Process
In any storm event, the safety of the public as well as those working on the lines is the top priority. Before restoring service, we must locate downed power lines and make sure electricity is no longer flowing through the wires.

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. 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.

Weatherhead damage
Customers with storm damage near their electric meter are encouraged to contact an electrician to repair any damage to this connection point between your electric meter and your service line to the utility pole. If the weatherhead connection is damaged, customers must have this connection fixed by a licensed electrician before NIPSCO can return the customer’s electric service. For more information, please review this company fact sheet or contact NIPSCO at 1-800-4-NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).

Storm Debris
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 and debris that may be left behind. Contact your local m


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