Indiana Michigan Power employees, contractors and colleagues from other power companies worked diligently and determinedly throughout the day Tuesday to safely restore power to more than two-thirds of the more than 51,000 customers across I&M’s service territory who lost service in Monday evening’s derecho.
Crews encountered significant damage to I&M equipment, caused mostly by trees, branches and limbs. Damage was particularly heavy in the Benton Harbor area, where winds of 66 mph were higher than other areas served by I&M.
In all, crews have thus far identified 84 broken poles, 20 of them in the Benton Harbor area.
I&M will continue efforts to turn the lights back on for all of our customers with more than 900 energy restoration professionals working to restore power.
Indiana total customers: 2,900
South Bend area: 1,600
Michigan total customers: 13,250
Benton Harbor area: 12,700
Buchanan area: 275
Three Rivers area: 250
ESTIMATED TIMES of RESTORATION
I&M has set estimated times of restoration for its service territory. These are the estimated times when the last customers are expected to be restored. Power to most customers will be restored before those times. Customers who sign up for mobile alerts or check our online outage map may find earlier times have been entered by crews assigned to specific outages.
South Bend/Elkhart area: 11 p.m. Wednesday
Benton Harbor area: 11 p.m. Friday
Buchanan area: 11 p.m. Wednesday
Three Rivers area: 11 p.m. Wednesday