Storms rip through Greater Lafayette; neighbors respond

More than 1,800 homes are still without power in Greater Lafayette.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 11:34 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 6:52 AM

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Duke Energy reported more than 650 outages on Lafayette's south side.

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — More than 1,800 homes are still without power in Greater Lafayette.

Neighbors are continuing to pick up the pieces.

News 18 spoke with some of them about the damage to their homes and also asked Duke Energy how long the outages will last in the area.

"It was real quiet and all of the sudden it started to rain," said Shirley Drake. "We got the hail and then the winds really picked up hard."

Wind was the biggest contributor to Wednesday's powerful storms. Some gusts reached upwards of 70 miles per hour.

Trees down, power out and neighbors were frightened.

"They were scared to death," said Zachery Glowe. "I was scared. My girlfriend was scared. It was a mess."

It was a mess that needed to be picked up.

Duke Energy provides power to almost 60,000 homes in Tippecanoe County.

The company is working around the clock, but it needs your help.

"We don't always know exactly know everybody who is out of power," said community relations manager of Duke Energy, Dan Rhodes. "So everybody should call in and report when there power is out so we make sure that we get everybody restored."

Complete restoration could take one to two days according to Rhodes.

"We don't even have a full picture of this point of the total damage," said Rhodes.

Tree damage ran through Drake's 47-year-old home and Glowe's house.

"We survived and it fell in the best possible place, so the good Lord was watching over us," said Drake.

"Can't really control mother nature," said Glowe. "Started to blow the garage door in and then a branch fell and knocked the garage door in ran and put the kids in bathroom and got them safe."

Safety is what is most important. Protect yourself before your valuables.

Rhodes said plant life plays a pivotal role in the clean up process.

"Everything we have seen so far is vegetation related," said Rhodes. "It takes longer because we have to get that cleared out of there before we can do the work. 

If you do have an outage please report it.

You can also send any of your storm damage photos to WLFI using the Report It feature.

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