Duke Energy Indiana Witnesses Power Outage Due To Ice Storm

February 2nd, 2011 - 8:17 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
icestormFeb 2, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Yesterday the customers of Duke Energy Indiana were running out of power service. The number increased to almost 11,000 by 7:00 a.m. The situation was all more severe in areas like Terre Haute and Greencasttle in the West Central areas of Indiana. The reported reason of the power cut is the heavy ice storm, which took a toll on the proper functioning of the power transmission lines.

According to sources, the result of the power cut was mainly due to the harsh weather, that made the ice assimilate on power lines and the ice laden tree branches, that fell on the lines to dismantle its functioning in all these affected areas. Duke Energy’s senior vice president of Power delivery, Jim Stanley said that they are looking into the matter intensely. He has assured that the company is scrutinizing the weather system properly, so that they can take the proper measures if any further outages occur. The organization, in order to bring the situation under control, contacted the state and the local emergency officials, who prepared their employees with more equipments and aids to deal with the situation. Crews and supplies were outsources for the same reason.

Boone County REMC spokesperson, on the other hand said that as of now, things are quite under control. All those service providing offices, whose transmission lines were affected by the storm, have now been restored to quite an extent. According to him, right now, only a “handful” of customers are being deprived of power services. He added that things are still being addressed to meet the demands of the situation. It is expected, that with the help of the outsourced labor and other aids from the government, things might soon come under control, and people can resume with their regular work.

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