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Power back on in Hope

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Hope and its surrounding areas were left without power for about two hours today after equipment failed at a substation west of town.

A total of nearly 2,000 homes and businesses were affected in northern Bartholomew County when the failure happened for an unknown reason at 10:48 a.m., according to officials with Duke Energy and Bartholomew County REMC.

Duke Energy provides electrical service to in-town areas of Hope, while REMC provides service to rural areas south and east of there.

Chip Orben, community relations officer for Duke Energy, said the failure knocked out power to all 940 of the town's Duke customers.

Jim Turner, CEO of Bartholomew County REMC, said some REMC equipment is located in Duke's substation, which is why about 1,000 REMC customers also lost power.

Work crews fixed the problem, and power was restored about 12:40 p.m.

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