Russiaville: Could be days before power is restored

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RUSSIAVILLE, Ind (WISH) — Hundreds of people in Russiaville are still without power, and it could be days before it’s fully restored following storms early Thursday morning.

According to Duke Energy, there were wires beneath transmission poles that were damaged, causing work that will take more time than normal. Power isn’t expected to be on until at least Saturday for people in that area, and power wasn’t the only major issue there.

Workers started first thing Thursday morning, and there was plenty of work to be done. A radio tower that once stood 80 feet in the air toppled over. It smashed into an RV business, leaving pieces scattered across the road. It all happened just a stones throw from Linda Magnett’s apartment.

“By the grace of God, this semi had not been here and took the brunt of it, walk over this way, there’s a big gas tank. If that would’ve hit, I hate to think what would have happened,” Magnett said.

Crews closed down the road as they broke apart the tower and used a crane to load it on a semi truck. The downed tower also affected the town’s ambulance service, meaning residents were not able to call in. That has since been fixed.

Power went out almost immediately when the storm arrived. According to Duke Energy, more than 1,500 customers were without electricity Thursday evening.

“I know several people were out. My whole street was out. The grocery store was out, which is rough,” said Town Clerk Treasurer Megan Reel.

Crews were able to restore power at the IGA grocery Thursday morning and it was soon back open for business. Authorities say there were no reported injuries.

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