VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Several residents found themselves without power in certain parts of Vigo and Sullivan Counties on Thursday evening.

According to Duke Energy Manager Rick Burger, the cause for the outages is a tree that fell into and broke a pole leading to multiple lines and wires being torn down in the process. The area mostly impacted is along Fruitridge Ave. on the East side of Terre Haute. 

“We got about 1800 customers out right now. The problem is a tree fell and broke a pole and pulled a lot of wire down,” explained Burger.  “But some of these could be out for another four to five hours because we’ve got to replace a broken pole too.” 

Burger also said that while Duke Energy crews can switch, or reroute, the energy loads to get power back on for some residents within an hour, others will remain without power for up to 4 or 5 hours due to the crews having to replace the broken pole.

Please use caution and be vigilant of repair crews when driving in the area.

Updates will be added as additional information becomes available.