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I&M: Some Whitley customers again powerless

About 1,400 Indiana Michigan Power customers in Whitley County were without electricity for the second time today because of overloading from daytime residential demands after the first restoration, the utility said.

About 6:30 a.m. several thousand Whitley County customers lost power because of a transmission line lssue at Tri-Lakes Station, I&M said.

At 9:15 a.m., the utility said, it switched its customers and all but 2,000 of the Northeastern REMC customers to a different power source. The overloading followed.

I&M said it was working to switch affected customers to different power sources, and expects to re-restore 860 customers, leaving 570 out for a longer period.

Those customers would then be picked up in limited groups to avoid overloading, the utility said.

It said it expected to have the transmission line repaired by 3 p.m.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, I&M said about 200 of its Whitley County customers were without power.

Verbatim

Statement as distributed about 12:20 p.m. Friday by Northeastern REMC:

WE HAVE POWER!!

Thanks to the quick response and hard work of Northeastern REMC’s employees and the investments made in new technology and system upgrades, we are happy to report that as of 11:10 a.m., all 7200 affected REMC members have power restored. Members served by five of Northeastern REMC substations lost power due to an American Electric Power (AEP) transmission line problem. AEP delivers power to all Northeastern REMC substations. Northeastern has switched the last 2000 members without power to other REMC substations as AEP continues to work on their transmission problem.

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