Crews Perform Repairs, Clean-up After Storm
A severe thunderstorm is causing work for utility and clean-up crews in the Region after leaving a trail of damage, power outages and water Wednesday and Thursday. At times the storm caused the National Weather Service to issue severe weather alerts, including a tornado warning for Starke County.
The powerful summer storm left a path of destruction across northwest Indiana, with heavier damage in south Lake County, including broken electricity power line poles in Crown Point at 101st and Broadway and near 101st and Mississippi in Merrillville. One snapped pole stayed attached to live power lines, though leaning so far that the top of the power line was over the opposite side of the road. Tree damage is spread across the area, along with minor flooding and wind damage to smaller structures such as fences.
NIPSCO said that around 8pm Wednesday, after arrival of the storm’s first front, more than 30,000 customers lost electrical power. The company said most of those outages came from high winds and downed trees.
Numerous traffic accidents were reported, including two instances of semi-tractor-trailers overturned on Interstate 65. Many other roads remain closed due to snapped trees and telephone poles.
Lake County Sheriff’s spokesperson Patti Van Til says a roof was blown off a home in Lakes of the Four Seasons subdivision in Crown Point.