Icy Mess Leaves Power Outages in Michiana

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Some Michiana residents spent Sunday chipping away, after a fast moving storm dumped sleet and ice on the region overnight. “Just trying to clear off the sidewalks so nobody slips and falls,” Marshall Timmons says.

Other residents spent the day in the dark.

Nipsco reported nearly 10,000 homes were with out power this morning.

While the lights were back on by mid day for about three thousand, others are still waiting. “This isn’t the type of restoration where were talking about hours as restoration time, this could be a rather lengthy time, so we'll measure this in days instead of hours. It’s a matter of going around to individual areas and picking up one, two, five customers at a time. So, it’s a very labor intensive and very challenging restoration process,” Mike Charbonneau of NIPSCO explains.

A little ice and slush did not stop some folks from spending this Sunday like any other. “The side roads aren’t so great the main roads are fine,” says shopper Shawn Frank. “My daughter is on her way to La Porte, visiting her boyfriend, so nope, its not stopping us from doing anything. We’re out and about just like we would normally on a Sunday.”

Regardless of how they spent their day, the snow and ice left behind by the storm had some people thinking about where they might rather spend a Sunday afternoon.

“What would you prefer, ice or snow?” asks NewsCenter 16’s Marcie Kobriger.

“I think I'd prefer being in the Bahamas,” replies shopper Frank Rupe.

As of 10 PM Sunday evening, Nipsco still has local customers out.

All 800 of them live in La Porte County.

There is good news from I&M.

The company says all of its customers in the area are back on.

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