Downed tree caused power outage for 3,600 REMC customers in county

COLUMBUS, Indiana — A tree fell on two Duke Energy transmission lines that provided power to REMC substations power, leaving 3,600 Bartholomew County REMC customers without power for some of the day Sunday.

Duke spokesman Chip Orben said the lines were isolated, allowing power to be re-established for REMC customers.

The REMC substations served Grandview, Ogilville, Taylorsville, western Columbus west and part of German township, REMC spokeswoman Marty Lasure said.

Power was restored to all REMC customers by 12:26 p.m., she said. Almost one-third of Bartholomew County REMC’s 11,433 customers had lost power.

Outages occurred in five of the nine townships served by REMC, with the highest concentration in Columbus Township (976 customers), Harrison Township (797 customers), and German Township (504 customers affected), according to the REMC website.

Outages also affected 261 customers in Flatrock Township and 22 in Jackson Township, REMC reported.