Power outage reported in northeastern Bartholomew County

3:45 p.m. UPDATE
Duke Energy reports they have found the problem that has left nearly 3,000 residents without electricity during a heat advisory. However, nearly 2,000 impacted Duke customers, as well as over 1,000 members of Bartholomew County REMC, are now being told the problem may not be fixed until 5 p.m.
2:45 P.M. UPDATE
HOPE — More than 3,000 customers in eastern and northeast Bartholomew County are without electricity.  Shortly before 2 p.m., Duke Energy announced they had a power outage impacting 1,958 homes and businesses. In addition, a total of 1,030 co-op members of Bartholomew County REMC were also without electricity.
The problem appears to be linked to the Duke Energy substation located along County Road 600N, just west of Hope, Duke spokesman Chip Orbin said. But REMC spokeswoman Marty Lasure said she’s been told the malfunction may be in a transmission line that feeds into that substation, but is actually north of Hope.
Communities impacted by the power outage include Hope, Flat Rock, Old St. Louis, Rugby and Hartsville. Crews are currently attempting to pinpoint the problem and make repairs. At this time, both Duke and REMC hope to have the power restored by 4:30 p.m.  Duke is asking their customers who are without power to notify them at 1-800-343-3525.
ORIGINAL STORY
HOPE — As temperatures climb into the 90s, Duke Energy is reporting it has three reported power outages impacting nearly 2,000 homes and businesses in northeast Bartholomew County.
Several Bartholomew County REMC customers in the area are also without electricity, Duke Energy spokesman Chip Orben said. The problem appears to be at the substation located along County Road 600N, just west of Hope. Crews are on the scene, attempting to pinpoint and repair the equipment.
At this time, the electric utility hopes to have the power restored by 4:30 p.m. Duke Energy is asking residents who are without power to notify them at 1-800-343-3525.