AUBURN, Ind. (21Alive) – Power has been restored in Auburn after more than six hours in the dark Monday night.
Auburn Electricity officials reportedly lost power just after 6:30 Monday evening. Auburn Mayor Norman Yoder says crews are unsure what caused the problem, but says it’s possible it is weather related.
“Exactly what that is at this point in time, we’re not sure. It could be a breaker, could be a fault, could be a short, could be a wrist. It could be just about anything, but we have come up with a solution on how we’re going to bypass that,” said Yoder. “Any time you get this kind of cold weather it puts a stress and strain on things. I don’t know if it’s weather related, but it certainly did not help the situation.”
Blacked-out stoplight intersections all around town had been replaced with stops signs, and the police and fire departments were busy tending to emergencies. Yoder says a nursing home reportedly had to send residents to a hospital because their generator wouldn't start.
“We had to get [those patients] moved to the hospital into someplace where they could have some electricity obviously, but now that’s been remedied and the generator’s back working,” he said.
Yoder says auburn electricity purchases and distributes their power through Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) sub stations, and they’ve been working with them to solve the issue. So far no shelters have been opened, but the mayor says if power can't be restored by Monday night they'll take the necessary measures.
“Community centers, possibly in Garrett. I got a text from the mayor and she's offered anything she can do. If the high school, junior high, anywhere that's got generators, big buildings, obviously at the fire station, City Hall, or the city buildings are other options. We're looking into those,” he said.
Auburn Electricity provides power to between 6,500 – 7,000 residents in Auburn and the surrounding areas.
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