TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—Terre Haute residents were without power Monday evening into Tuesday. More than 10,000 people were without power in the area and 68,00 total across the state of Indiana.
Cynthia Handley and T. Michael Russell live on Liberty Avenue and both said it was a long night and early morning.
“I’ve been there all morning wiping up water. Our freezers are defrosting so that means all of our food is defrosting also,” Handley said.
“It wasn’t easy. We tried to read in the dark. We had flashlights and lanterns. But it’s just a different ballgame,” Russell said.
Duke Energy officials said the storm’s high winds caused several power outages.
“It was short lived. But when it did hit it caused a lot of damage especially in our transmission line. Transmission lines in our world is when you have several hundred or maybe a thousand plus on a circuit out there. So having eight of those out in Terre haute the south and east side were really hit hard last night,” said Rick Burger, spokesperson for Duke Energy.
Crews from Sullivan, Princeton and Ohio were called in to help with the restoration process.
Burger said they’re focusing on the areas with significant damage first.
“We go from high number to low number. So now were getting down to the ones and 50 customers. That one is just as important as those thousands of customers but that’s how we work a system. We go for high numbers and we work priorities like hospitals and nursing homes too.”
The company hopes to have all power restored by midnight Tuesday.