Thousands still without power in parts of Fort Wayne
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Line workers will continue repairs through the night and into Wednesday as thousands of people in southwest Fort Wayne and in the Waynedale area face another day of oppressive heat with no electricity.
In their 9 p.m. update Tuesday night, Indiana Michigan Power officials expected service to be fully restored by Thursday night. But that came as little comfort to the roughly 20,395 people waiting for service to be restored.
Many traffic signals in the Waynedale area were out of service late Tuesday. Those intersections were converted into four-way stops. Some drivers hesitated as they approached the intersections. Others disregarded the temporary stop signs. At least one nursing home in Wayndale appeared to be operating on generator power, with gas stations and other businesses closed.
The picture was similar in southwest Fort Wayne. Many businesses were closed as drivers tried to navigate major intersections without working traffic signals.
Officials with I&M counted 145 broken or damaged power poles, 20 damaged transformers and more than 350 downed wires.
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