Southeast storm stopping flights, but not stopping helpful utility crews

The storm slamming the Southeast is forcing airlines to cancel flights, but it’s not stopping utility crews from getting there on the road.

Duke Energy technicians are stationed in Greesboro, N. C. to help with power outages.

Another group will leave Indiana for that town on Thursday. Duke representatives say 175 workers will be helping.

IPL also sent a team out to Baltimore.

Six line crews, a mechanic, material holder and two supervisors will help that city. Both companies expect to be out east for at least a week.

Trying to fly to those areas has been nearly impossible.

More than half a dozen flights departing from the Indianapolis International Airport were cancelled Wednesday, something a few passengers learned the hard way.

Jannat Akhter was trying to fly to New York, but the route included a connecting flight in Atlanta.

“Swear to God my heart dropped when I heard I could not be there by Friday, and I’m like, ‘no this can’t be happening’,” she said.

From the look on Deryk Smith’s face, he was thinking the same thing.

Smith was expecting to hop on a plane to Charlotte, N.C.

Instead of taking a seat on a plane, he’s resting on a lonely bench trying to figure out which relative he can spend the night with in Indy.

“I was trying to get to see my son graduate from basic training, so hopefully I can still get there. I was able to get another flight on another airline tomorrow morning,” he said.

Nearby hotels say several of their recent customers are in the same boat. Passengers and airline workers like flight attendants have been booking rooms.

But another night in town won’t work for Akhter.

“I asked them ‘ok, so when is the next available flight’ and they said Friday and I was like ‘no, I’ve got interview’,” she said.

Luckily, she managed to find a one-way ticket straight to her destination. It’ll save her some time, but definitely not money.

“I just spent $500 on a one-way ticket to New York, and it’s ridiculous because overall I didn’t pay more than I think $300 so now for just that one way I had to pay a lot,” she griped.

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