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12,000 Without Power in Monroe County Following Storms

As many as 63,000 people in Indiana -- 12,000 of them in Monroe County -- have been left in the dark thanks to storm-related power outages.

As many as 63,000 people in Indiana — 12,000 of them in Monroe County — have been left in the dark thanks to storm-related power outages.  Duke Energy spokeswoman Angeline Protegere says about 3,000 people are still without power in Jackson, Brown and Bartholomew Counties, with crews on the way to the hardest-hit locations to repair transmission lines.  Brown and Monroe Counties have seen dozens of trees uprooted or knocked onto power lines.  Protegere says she has not received an estimation how long it will take to restore power to those still without electricity

National Weather Service hydrologist Al Shipe tells WFIU some localized flooding around streams, ponds and other small water sources could rival what residents saw during historic flooding in June of last year.  However, Shipe says total rainfall should be nowhere near June, 2008 levels and the flooding should be short-lived.

High standing water should be avoided, as should any area with downed trees or power lines.  If traveling near any of these dangers, choose a new route away from the affected area.

Stay with WFIU for updates throughout the day.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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