Crews work to restore power to 23,000 in Indiana

(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of northern Indiana residents are expected to remain in the dark through the July 4 holiday as crews work to restore power after storms ripped through the region.

About 23,000 homes and businesses remained without power Thursday morning. Powerful storms that downed trees and snapped utility poles Monday and Tuesday cut power to about 150,000 customers of the region’s two major utilities. Northern Indiana is mainly served by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and Indiana-Michigan Power.

South Bend was hard-hit. I & M spokeswoman Erica Putt says 29,000 customers there were without power at the outages’ peak. About 10,000 Indiana customers remained without electricity Thursday, and she says it could be Saturday evening before power is fully restored.

NIPSCO says it expects power to be restored Thursday night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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