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Storm Repairs Continue, Beware Utility Impersonators

Due to extensive system repairs and difficult field conditions, some local storm outages in the Crown Point, Gary, and Hammond areas will extend into today (Friday July 4). Northern Indiana Public Service Company crews and contracted resources have worked around-the-clock to restore service. A total of 128,000 NIPSCO customers lost electricity in severe storms Monday night. About 3,500 remain without power as of this morning, and NIPSCO says it's anticipated that service will be back by this afternoon.  Here is a link to the outage map http://www.nipscooutages.com/WSSNisourceOutageMap/outagemap.html?action=city&reloaded=true  , and for specific restoration time estimates, click here https://www.nipsco.com/stay-safe/outage-center

The utility is also getting out a safety alert, saying the company has gotten reports of impersonators attempting to enter customer homes. NIPSCO says employees or contracted resources do not need to enter homes for the storm restoration work, and if you are suspicious or concerned, to contact local authorities.

Nearly all parts of NIPSCO’s service areas are experiencing sustained damage and electric outages, but the approximately 4,500 remaining customer outages (as of 10 p.m. CT Thursday) are predominately located in Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties.

Extensive damage from this week’s storm included more than 130 broken distribution poles, tree damage and 580 reports of downed electric wire.

More than 600 NIPSCO and contracted resources from throughout Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri have worked to speed-up the overall restoration efforts.




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