Downed trees from storm damage utility poles, lead to power outages

About 250 customers lost power Tuesday night when a severe storm with wind gusts blew through Bartholomew County.

Bartholomew County REMC said the largest outage Tuesday night was in the Hope area near County Roads 600N and 600E, after a tree took down power lines at County Roads 500E and 800N.

The Hope customers had power restored by about 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, said Marty Lasure, Bartholomew County REMC vice president of communications and member services.

The company also worked to restore power along Baker Hollow Road, west of Columbus, where about 31 customers lost power due to a broken utility pole and tree damage from the high winds, Lasure said.

After that electric line was restored at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the electric system experienced “cold load pickup” problems as efforts to restore power were met with heavy demand, she said. Customers in the Baker Hollow Road area had power restored at 7:08 a.m., Lasure said.

Smaller outages affecting one or two homes were scattered throughout the county, Lasure said.

REMC crews also were working on a broken pole from a car accident at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday on Marr Road south of County Road 800N, Lasure said.

Duke Energy reported a power outage involving one customer near Clifty Creek Park, where power was restored Wednesday morning.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.