Lights Out Until Friday for Some Duke Energy Customers

Pam Chapman of Duke Energy says crews have been working around the clock to fix power lines and restore electricity to the Bloomington area.

The storm is over, but Duke Energy Customers may have to wait a bit longer than expected for their power to be restored.

Lights out until Friday. That may be reality for the 8,300 people in Monroe County still without power after Tuesday night’s ice storm. A downed power line on South Rogers street shows just how much damage a little ice can do.

Pam Chapman of Duke Energy says crews have been working around the clock to fix power lines and restore electricity to the Bloomington area.

“We have probably 90 crews that are supplementing our local crews to get the lights back on for our customers that are still out,” said Chapman. “We also have nine tree-trimming crews that are supporting us here in this area.”

Waiting until Friday is an unsettling thought for those who have been without power since Tuesday morning. The American Red Cross is making sure these people have a safe place to stay overnight.

“As you can see,” said Monroe County Red Cross Director of Emergency Services Maria Carrasquillo, “we already have some cots up and available and our volunteers are up at the front of the registration table ready to sign people in as they come in.”

The Bloomington High School North gym will serve as an emergency shelter for Monroe and Owen county residents until the lights come back on.

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