Ice has taken over almost all of Northeast Indiana. Steuben County was one of the hardest hit areas.
The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for the area Tuesday, meaning there was at least a quarter inch of ice plus damage.
Steuben County emergency management director Randy Brown said trees are the biggest problem. The branches are falling off from the weighing down of ice. Some of the branches are bringing down power lines, leaving thousands of people without power.
“The tree icing is breathtaking to look at, but when you realize the dangers it posesses and the inconvenience, the reality is it puts a lot of people out of power,” he explained. “Electric is a huge part of our life.”
Brown didn’t sleep all night, as his crews work to clear roads and restore power. The freezing rain started around 8 p.m. on Monday night.
Steuben County 911 received triple the amount of calls Tuesday than usual. County officials are now hoping warmer weather can arrive and sustain, so the ice can melt off quickly.
As of 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, the Steuben County Commissioners have authorized the change of the Steuben County Travel Status from “Watch”/“Orange” Level back to “Normal” driving status.
Residents are urged to use due regard throughout their travels overnight through Wednesday morning as one to two inches of snow and high wind gusts are forecast overnight for our area.