June 25, 2013 — Residents across the region are still recovering from last night’s powerful storms.
Many stoplights remained out along major roads including Highway 30 during the afternoon commute west of I-65 in Merrillville, backing traffic for blocks from I-65 to Grant Street.
According to NIPSCO, at the height of the storm more than 87,000 customers were without power. The company’s External Communications Director Kathleen Szot says crews worked through the night to restore power. Szot says more than fifty electrical poles were knocked down by the fast moving storm. The company has partnered with several towns and cities to setup cooling centers. As of 5:00pm NIPSCO estimated that 20,000 residents remain without power.
Information about outages and cooling centers is available at NIPSCO.com.
City of Gary Communications Director Chelsea Whittington says the City is partnering with NIPSCO and Gary Community School Corporation to provide cooling centers. Their collaboration is offering cooling centers to Gary families affected by power outages, where people may also get cold water.
“In times of emergency, it is wonderful that we are able to come together quickly and forge partnerships to meet the needs of our citizens,” said Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. “I would like to publicly thank Superintendent Pruitt and the Gary Community School Corporation as well as NIPSCO for helping us to secure these cooling centers.”
The following locations have been designated as community Cooling Centers:
Genesis Convention Center, 5th Ave. & Broadway, open June 26th from 9:00am — 5:00p.m.
Williams Elementary School, 1320 E. 19th Ave., open June 26th from 8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
McCullough Girls Academy, 3757 W. 21st Ave, open June 26th from 8:00a.m. — 7:00p.m.
The City says Gary residents who need to report fallen trees and other storm emergencies should call (219) 881-1311.
Photo: courtesy NIPSCO