Several Power Lines Still Down, Thousands Without Power (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21Alive

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The lights are still out for many people in Northeast Indiana, and as crews are working to repair what's damaged, the down lines can be dangerous for people who get too close.

Officials with Indiana Michigan Power say there is always a chance down lines can be live. There are also power lines leaning over roadways that can too be dangerous. Tracy Warner, spokesperson for Indiana Michigan Power, says it's best for people to call them when they see any power line that looks like it's damaged. The number to call is 1-800-311-4634.

Warner says they still have 126 power lines down in Northeast Indiana, but crews are constantly working to repair those so that number can change quickly.

Warner says the power poles that are leaning can be easily fixed, in many cases.

"Often the ground is a little soft and they are just leaning, and they can be straightened, and the ground packed back in. But we do check to make sure that they haven't rotted out, and if they have rotted out then we will replace them," said Tracy Warner, Indiana Michigan Power.

"I think it's basic human instinct to want to get out and try to do something immediately to try and help but you could hurt yourself in the process," said Jill Perillo, NIPSCO.

NIPSCO doesn't have any customers without power in Northeast Indiana now, but they say what made this storm damage so tough for them is the fact that so many single lines were damaged. That means the damage impacted small groups, and left their crews with more repairs to make.

Indiana Michigan Power reports 426 customers remain without power in Fort Wayne Tuesday night, but expects power to be restored by noon Wednesday.

In Marion, Indiana Michigan Power reports 2,100 customers are still in the dark, and they don't expect to get power back there until 11 p.m. Friday.




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