GREENFIELD — Local electricity providers are reporting some power outages throughout Hancock County, and Sunday night's winds kept line crews busy.
There were 20 Duke Energy customers without power in Hancock County as of 10:30 a.m. and 1,137 Ninestar Connect customers with intermittent power outages. All but one of the Ninestar Connect customers live in Vernon Township. Spokesman David Spencer said the neighborhoods affected are Deer Crossing, Bay Creek, Villages of Brookside, Emerald Springs and Geist Woods.
"They have power, but every so often, the power is blinking, and we have a crew up there trying to figure it out; there’s a fault in a line somewhere," Spencer said.
While there were power outages across the city of Greenfield Sunday night, Greenfield Power and Light Superintendent Nelson Castrodale said he wasn't aware of continued power outages as of 10 a.m. Monday.
Castrodale said there were more than 800 customers who lost power in the central part of the city for an hour and a half Sunday night. With continued winds and cold temperatures making it difficult for linemen to keep up, Castrodale said he's worried about more power outages.
The city department provides the following tips in case of power outages:
· Use caution if you go outside to inspect damage after a storm. Downed or hanging lines can be hidden by snowdrifts, trees, or debris and could be live. Never attempt to handle downed lines and keep all children and pets at a safe distance.
· Check on your neighbors and assist them if needed.
· Call your power company to report the outage. Greenfield Power & Light can be reached at (317) 477-4370 during regular business hours or at 1 (800) 377-5807 after hours. Duke Energy can be reached at 1 (800) 343-3525. NineStar Connect customers should call (317) 326-3131.
· Dress in layers, and be sure to wear a hat. Most body heat is lost through the top of the head.
· Snowdrifts can be used as makeshift freezers if an outage lasts longer than 48 hours. (Be aware of attracting animals.)
· Unplug all sensitive electronic equipment to protect against possible voltage irregularities that can occur when power is restored