June 10 marked one of the worst and most widespread storms to affect our system in decades.
Within minutes of storm clouds appearing in the distance, the sky was dark and up to 90-mph winds were tearing down trees and utility poles throughout LaGrange County.
The sun came back out within an hour of the first wave of rain and hail, and though everything looked normal to the naked eye, LaGrange County REMC knew the damage was expansive. Outage notifications began rolling in, and we soon learned around 60% of our members were without power.
Our operations crew jumped into restoration mode. It felt like a tornado had hit us outside, as well as inside our offices.
Lineworkers who were previously at other job sites made their way to the warehouse to grab supplies, and our engineering department created a command center in the office to map out the outages being called in.
Our employees worked diligently around the clock for the next three days to bring power back to our members.
This ranged from the customer service representatives who answered your calls and explained our restoration process, to engineering and operations workers who were continuously evaluating the best courses of action to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
Our thanks go out to Noble REMC, Marshall County REMC and Kosciusko REMC, which all sent lineworkers to assist in restoration efforts. And most of all, we want to thank our members, whose patience and understanding reminded us how lucky we are to serve you.
Curious about the power restoration process? See https://www.indianaconnection.org/when-the-power-goes-out-your-co-op-goes-to-work-2/