FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE/AP) - For many residents, the cleanup is underway. Fort Wayne isoffering three free tree branch drop off sites:
City Biosolids Facility Compost Site located at 6210 LakeAvenue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday -Friday
Shoaff Park Christmas Tree drop off location by ConklinPavilion during park hours
Tillman Park by the ball fields during park hours
At one point there were more than 100,000 customers withoutpower in Allen County alone. As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, about 59,000Fort Wayne area customers were still without power. Some may nothave power restored until Wednesday. That's about 42% ofIndiana Michigan Power's customers.
Power outages were being reported by utilities acrossnorthern Indiana.
"It's been a long time since we've seen a storm like this withso much ice and widespread damage," said I&M Spokesman, DavidMayne.
Mayne says power should be fully restored to customers in FortWayne, Decatur, and Avilla by Wednesday.
"It's going to be several hours if not days before we'recompletely restored from this weather event," said Mayne.
There were numerous traffic accidents on icy roads and dozens oftraffic signals were out in Fort Wayne.
The City of Fort Wayne, Allen County and the City of NewHaven have all lifted their Level II weather emergencydeclarations. Streets and roads are passable, but drivers shoulduse caution and watch out for any downed tree limbs, especially onresidential streets. City of Fort Wayne crews are still outremoving tree limbs from streets.
Most flights were canceled at Fort Wayne InternationalAirport, and many northern Indiana schools delayed or canceledclasses.
Fort Wayne residents who see downed tree limbs or high waterin city streets should call 311 to report such damage. The911/communications dispatch center is for emergency calls only.
For residents without power, they should call theirrespective electric company. To report a power outage for Indianaand Michigan Power, call 800-311-4634. Northeastern REMC customerscan call (260) 625-3700.
Residents needing shelter should go to Memorial Coliseum at4000 Parnell Avenue or South Side High School at 3601 CalhounStreet.
Residents coming to the shelter are encouraged to bringblankets, pillows, toiletry items, games and toys for children, andany other supplies that will make their stay more enjoyable.
- If you see a downed power line, call 911. Do not touch thedowned utility wire.
- Check on the well-being of elderly neighbors and familiymembers; if they are without power, encourage them to go to ashelter or a family member's house that has electricity.
- If a house has no power, turn any faucets on an outsidewall on to trickle to prevent pipes from freezing.
For the latest on power outages to I&M customers,
As of 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 200 Northeastern REMC members remainout of service due to the ice storm hitting the service area Fridaymorning. The co-op expects to have most members back in service bySaturday evening. At the height of the outages Friday afternoonnearly 4,500 members were without power.
Besides the Northeastern crews, two crews from Midwest Energy ofCassopolis, MI also assisted.
For information on what to do for those whom do not have power,use the following link to gain information: http://www.nremc.com/cn_current_news.shtml.
Contact either Northeastern REMC at 260-625-3700 or 260-244-6111or the nearest law enforcement agency.
Northeastern REMC serves 26,750 members in parts of sixNortheast Indiana Counties including Allen, Whitley, Noble,Huntington, Wabash and Kosciusko.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A man was injured after being trapped inside of a hole at a construction site for around 20 minutes on Monday afternoon. Police said he was up to his knees in dirt before crews were able to dig him out.
A Fort Wayne man was arrested after he apparently threw an alcoholic drink on his pregnant girlfriend and then hit her in the ear while her two small children were asleep in the home.
Police have charged six people and are still looking for one woman they believe is living in the Fort Wayne area. She faces meth dealing charges.
A Fort Wayne man is facing eight charges after he spit on a police officer who arrested him. He also spit on nurses and other officers while being treated at a local hospital.
Fort Wayne area firefighters, police officers, and EMT's are competing in the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive this holiday season.
Indiana residents receiving food stamps will begin receiving their monthly benefits on new dates under a state law approved earlier this year.
Police have identified a person of interest in Sunday’s stabbing outside of a home on Bluebird Court, off of St. Joe Road.
Police in Indianapolis say a seventh-grade boy has died after apparently collapsing and being found face down in the snow.
Police are looking for a white man who is 6'0" to 6'2" with a thin build they say robbed a CVS in November. He may have been driving a gray or dark green Ford SUV.
Police from several agencies have responded to multiple crashes overnight due to slick roads from a wintry mix that moved through the area late Sunday and early Monday morning.
A rural Angola man faces six felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman.
A local family wants help in making sure their loved one's murderer stays in prison.
Police said a man barricaded himself inside of a home on Genessee Avenue early Sunday morning for more than two hours after threatening to commit suicide.
Detectives believe a three-year-old boy may have shot himself at a home in Indianapolis Saturday night. Police said the shooting appears to have been accidental.
There will be several holiday-themed events this weekend in the Fort Wayne area, including Christmas displays, children’s parties, visits from Santa Claus, and more.