2/25/2018
Outage Updates: 1 p.m.

Strong winds from 45 to 50 mph pushed through Indiana Michigan Power’s service territory overnight Saturday night/early Sunday, resulting in power disruptions.

Meanwhile, Indiana Michigan Power continues to monitor its six dams on the St. Joseph River as residents of the South Bend Area and southwest Michigan continue to battle floodwaters.

As of 1 p.m., I&M has restored power to more than half of the 10,000-plus customers who lost service. The Marion area was hit particularly hard, and about 3,500 customers were without service at 1 p.m. The estimated time of restoration for our Marion customers is 8 p.m. tonight.

As of 1 p.m., about 260 Fort Wayne customers were without service. For Fort Wayne customers, the estimated time of restoration is 11 p.m.

In the Muncie area, service was restored to all but about 25 of the 800 customers who lost power in Delaware County and to all but a dozen customers in the Winchester area.

I&M crews are working to restore power to about 330 South Bend area customers and about 180 southwest Michigan customers.

FLOODING

Regarding flooding in southwest Michigan and the South Bend/Elkhart area, water flow at the Berrien Springs Hydroelectric Dam has decreased and pond elevations lowered, allowing Indiana Michigan Power to notify Emergency Response agencies the previously declared high flow event is no longer in effect.

No high water emergencies remain in effect for the other five hydro-electric dams that Indiana Michigan Power operates on the St. Joseph River. All of the dams are functioning per engineered design.

The number of customers whose service has been disconnected for safety reasons due to flooding in the South Bend/Elkhart area and southwest Michigan is approximately 1,150.

Total Michigan Customers: 640

Benton Harbor area: 344

Buchanan area: 253

Three Rivers area: 43

Total Indiana Customers: 513

Elkhart area: 457

South Bend area: 56

I&M is in close contact with public safety agencies and other authorities. I&M will continue working with them in coming days after water recedes to help coordinate the safe reconnection of customers.

I&M cannot restore service to customers whose power was disconnected due to flooding until an inspection by the local government electrical inspector is completed.

STEPS TO RECONNECT

1. Flood waters recede

2. An inspection is conducted by the local government electric inspector

3. I&M receives approval from the inspector 4. I&M reconnects the meter and restores power at the home NOTE: If there is damage to the meter base or riser pipe, you will need to have repairs completed by a qualified electrician before we can safely restore power.

For neighborhoods that have been de-energized at the pole from a fuse, transformer, etc.:

• Once the flooding reaches a level where we can get access to the meters, I&M will disconnect the properties that need inspections or are not ready for reconnection

• I&M will then re-energize the pole, which will bring power to the properties that had no damage or are ready to be reconnected

• For the properties that remain disconnected, once inspections are completed and we receive notification from the inspector, or property owner, we will reconnect those meters.

Indiana customers who need more information can call Indiana Michigan Power at 800-311-4634; Michigan customers should call 800-311-6424.

 

 

 

 

Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
260-408-3420
Cell: 260-479-9484
twarner@aep.com

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