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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County 

I&M ready to help with hurricane

Indiana Michigan Power said Tuesday it has crews on standby to offer assistance after Hurricane Florence makes landfall.

“We have communicated with energy providers on the East Coast, and I&M is prepared to send about 200 contractors and employees to participate in the restoration after the storm. Those crews would come from across I&M's service territory both in Indiana and Michigan,” the utility company said in a news release.

The exact number of crews – along with the trucks, equipment and tools they will need – as well as the locations where they will work will be decided as the power companies affected by the hurricane determine needs.

Last year, I&M crews assisted with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma restorations efforts, working through flooding, wind damage and debris similar to what is expected with this storm.

Habitat women to dedicate home

Habitat for Humanity is excited to pass the keys and welcome home a new 2018 Women Build homeowner after another project completed by more than 450 local volunteers.

The home dedication for the Women Build project will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Fuller's Landing, 4308 W. Cook Road, for new homeowner Shaley Orr and her daughter Casslyn.

The six-week Women Build event was May 5 through June 16 and engaged more than 90 teams of five women each on the build site who helped construct Shaley's home from the ground up. Team members also helped collect money for the build, raising more than $93,000 toward the Women Build project.

Local businesses and church partners that also provided funding included Old National Bank Foundation, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, The Chapel, Lowe's, Parkview Health, ProFed, Matilda Jane Clothing Co., Ambassador Enterprises, Vera Bradley, PNC Bank, Avangrid Renewables and Lutheran Health Network.

BBB shredding event next week

The Better Business Bureau will have a “Shred Day” from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 22.

The event will be at the Afdent parking lot, 4041 Parnell Ave., next to the Casa restaurant. Documents for shredding can include ATM receipts, bank and credit card statements, old tax returns, medical records, pay stubs and utility bills. 

Shred Day is free, although a minimum $5 donation is encouraged, with proceeds going toward the agency's charitable and educational foundation. 

– Journal Gazette