Statement issued about 10:20 a.m. Thursday:
The winter storm that passed through Whitley County and surrounding areas Tuesday had Northeastern REMC crews working around the clock to restore power to over 3300 of its members. It wasn’t until approximately 11:00 p.m. Wednesday that most restoration work was completed and crews returned home.
According to Northeastern, the combination of high winds and wet snow which began falling Tuesday afternoon created more structural damage to Northeastern’s system than the ice storm of 2008. In some areas ice and snow was built up to three inches around power lines, causing lines to sag or snap, and poles to break. Hardest hit was western Whitley County, where a quarter of the power poles on one service line were broken. As temperature rose on Wednesday, ice melting off the power lines caused many lines to “gallop”, or sway, because of the released tension. For many, this caused blinking lights and repeated power interruptions.
Every available Northeastern crew member worked to restore power, and two crews from Marshall County REMC arrived Wednesday to assist. Northeastern’s management and board of directors thanks all REMC employees and the crews from Marshall County for their long hours of hard work, and most importantly – its members, for their patience and understanding.
Northeastern REMC provides electricity to homes and businesses in portions of Allen, Whitley, Noble, Huntington, Wabash and Kosciusko Counties.