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NIPSCO Working On Power Restoration, Cooling Centers

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June 26, 2013 — Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) says its crews are working to repair damage from multiple storms across northern Indiana this week. NIPSO says it has restored electricity to 90% of 105,000 total affected customers since Monday night’s strong storms.

The utility company says more than 400 NIPSCO field and contracted personnel are working around-the-clock to restore electrical service to 12,000 customers experiencing power outages resulting from this week’s damaging thunderstorms with lightning and winds up to 80 MPH winds.

NIPSCO says that since Monday, June 24, its crews have restored electricity to more than 93,000 customers who sustained power loss” “from three waves of storms that damaged more than 80 utility poles and other electric distribution system equipment. Nearly 105,000 electric customers in total were impacted by storm related outages this week. ”

It expects to restore most of the remaining customer power by late Thursday, though NIPSCO advises that some individual customer outages will extend to Friday, especially with the potential for more storms this week which could cause additional service outages and delay restoration efforts.

NIPSCO provided a list of communities with the largest number of customer outages (as of 5 p.m. CT Wednesday, June 26) below. “The Estimated Restoration Time provided reflects when NIPSCO expects the majority of the customers in this community to be restored. However, some individual customer outages may take longer than projected due to the need for extensive system repairs.”

Estimated Restoration Times
Thursday evening (10 p.m.)

Thursday evening (10 p.m.)

Thursday evening (10 p.m.)

Thursday evening (10 p.m.)

Friday afternoon (5 p.m.)

Michigan City
Friday afternoon (5 p.m.)

Cooling Centers
As its restoration efforts continue, NIPSCO invites customers to refer to the bottom of this article for cooling centers or contact local municipal offices for information about nearest available centers.

Weatherhead Damage
NIPSCO says, “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
The utility also advises people that, “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 municipal officials for more information on storm debris disposal.

“NIPSCO understands that any service outage is an inconvenience for our customers. We thank them for their patience and understanding during this current storm restoration event. For your safety, please stay away from any downed power lines and power restoration crews working in your area.

“You can report an outage from your smart phone or other mobile device, on your computer via the or by calling NIPSCO Customer Service at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).”

NIPSCO Current Cooling Center List As of June 25, 2013

Gary Genesis Center (Primary Option: Mobile Customer Service Team)
One Genesis Center Plaza, Gary, IN 46402
Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Frankie Mccullough Girls Academy
3757 W. 21st Avenue, Gary, IN
Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Daniel Hale Williams Elementary School
1320 E. 19th Avenue, Gary, IN
Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Williams Elementary School
1320 E. 19th Avenue, Gary, IN
Thursday: 8am – 7 pm

Heritage Hall
4506 Tod Avenue, East Chicago, IN
Open: 24 Hours

Clemente Center
3616 Elm Street, Griffith, IN

Jean Sheppard Community Center
3031 JF Mahoney Drive, Hammond, IN
Open: 7AM – 9PM

Hobart Community Center
111 East Old Ridge Road, Hobart, IN

Merrillville Town Hall
7820 Broadway, Merrillville, IN
Office Hours: 8am – 3pm

Valparaiso University (219) 464-5000
Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN
Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Christopher Center Library
1410 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN
Open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Valparaiso YMCA, (219) 462-4185
1202 Cumberland Crossing, Valparaiso, IN
Open Mon – Fri 5 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso Branch (219) 462-0524
103 Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN
Open Mon – Thurs 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Vale Park Enrichment Center at Banta (219) 462-1301
605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN
Open Mon – Fri 8:30 – 4 p.m.

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (219) 464-4042
1511 LaPorte Avenue, Valparaiso, IN
Open every day 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For Valparaiso customers: In addition, the Valparaiso Police Department offers a special program for individuals who need special help during weather emergencies, including times when the heat index exceeds 100 degrees on consecutive days. The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather. To register yourself or a loved one for CARE, contact Sergeant Michael Grennes at or (219)462-2135.

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