By Mike Rhodes, Editor-in-chief—
Fort Wayne, IN—Indiana Michigan Power is sending more than 250 employees and contractors southward today to assist in anticipation of an expected ice storm with potential to cause major power outages in the eastern Kentucky/West Virginia area.
An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for most of Eastern Kentucky for Wednesday through Friday morning, the first warning in that area since January of 2013. Some spots could get up to 1 inch of ice which is defined as “crippling.” A 1/2-inch accumulation on power lines can add 500 pounds of extra weight. Just a thin coating of ice can result in a travel nightmare, and heavier amounts can severely damage trees and power lines.
Crews from across I&M’s service area are on the road and expect to reach the eastern Kentucky/West Virginia area in advance of the most severe weather. I&M’s crews are dedicated to safely restoring power for utility customers and will be prepared to assist AEP sister companies Kentucky Power and Appalachian Power (APCO).
- I&M is committed to providing mutual assistance to other companies working to restore power outside the I&M service area.
- I&M customers also benefit from mutual assistance when utility professionals from other areas help I&M restore power during major outages in northern Indiana, east central Indiana and southwest Michigan.
- I&M always evaluates its resources to ensure adequate staffing is maintained in the I&M area before sending some of its crews to assist elsewhere.