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January 6, 2014

Duke Energy summons extra help to fix storm-related power outages


Duke Energy has called in extra manpower to restore power to homes and businesses after snow and wind downed service lines.
Power company crews are dealing with bitter cold temps as they work to restore the electricity, said Rick Burger, district manager.
“We have brought in 58 additional crews this morning,” Burger said Monday morning. “A crew can be two to three people, so we will have an army of people out today. These are our employees and contractors, specifically Pike Company, a large contractor that we have brought in, which works for us all over our system.”
Temperatures hovered around minus 9 degrees at 11 a.m. this morning.
Burger said Duke Energy had a peak power outage that affected about 3,500 customers in the Terre Haute area since early evening Sunday. As of  11 a.m., there were still 1, 841 Duke Energy customers without power. Vigo County accounted for the largest number of remaining power outages; Clay County totaled 180.
“We hope to have all power restored in the Terre Haute area by noon Tuesday and hopefully before that,” Burger said. “We work the high numbers first, areas with the most outages, and we are now down to the smaller areas, where one to three homes have no power.
“Those sometimes can take longer. We have hired snow removal to help push us through the snow and tree trimmers to help us get to line. Even though our trucks use chains, our trucks are having difficulties getting into some places [for repairs],” Burger added.
“We have power lines down, but very few broken poles. Our line men are working hard. They are taking extra precautions in this weather, using the buddy system and watching out for each other,” Burger said.


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