Hundreds in South Bend lose power in planned outage

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Power was cut to 600 customers Wednesday morning in South Bend.

I&M crews were able to make a temporary fix during the coldest weather but needed to shut power completely off to make permanent repairs.

It impacted those who live in the area on the map. The outages happened between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

An additional 150 customers will experience one-minute outages Wednesday and Friday.

I&M issued the following release Tuesday:

Last night a substation circuit in South Bend tripped from service due to a downed power line. I&M crews were able to switch these customers to a different station temporarily which kept power on while temperatures were in the -30 to -40 wind chill range. However, we now need to make permanent repairs to the downed line to avoid the risk of an extended outage affecting a greater number of customers. Therefore, we must de-energize 600 customers tomorrow – Wednesday, January 8 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

As part of this same repair, an additional 150 customers will experience a one minute outage on Wednesday, January 8 at 6 a.m., which will occur as we switch customers from one source to another. On Friday, January 10 at 6 a.m. the same 150 customers will experience another one minute outage as they are switched back to the normal source.

Fortunately, I&M has the capability of transferring customers to different electrical feeds during certain outage situations. However, it is imperative that permanent repairs are made to our system.
I&M has contacted the affected residential customers by the phone number listed on their account while commercial customers were notified by their I&M account representative.

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