Waynedale power outage could stretch into weekend

(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 9:55 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The Waynedale area of Fort Wayne was hit very hard by Monday’s derecho. Power was still out on Wednesday night when officials with Indiana Michigan Power suggested the outage may stretch into the weekend.

In a release to media, a company spokesperson said line workers have been slowed by numerous downed trees and broken power poles. Initial estimates pointed to restoration of service by late Thursday night.

With no power, most businesses in Waynedale are closed. Employees at the Kroger store told ABC21 that a generator is powering the store but that cold food could not yet be sold. Customers could be seen buying what they could.

A popular ice cream and hotdog spot called The Stand is closed. The owner said much of the ice cream had melted, though a generator was being used to power refrigerators and freezers to save the rest.

Neighborhoods are cast into darkness at night as drooping power lines block entrances to some areas. Only the dim glow of solar-powered landscape lights illuminates some properties.

The high heat and humidity were expected to dissipate slightly by Thursday, bringing modest relief. But with no air conditioning or electricity to operate refrigerators, homes likely won’t be much more comfortable.

Cooling stations are open across the city for anyone who needs them.

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