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Frozen trees cause power outages in Indiana

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Beckie Creek Beckie Creek
Steve Moore Steve Moore
At another home not too far from the Creeks, a tree took out a pole and crashed down on a car. At another home not too far from the Creeks, a tree took out a pole and crashed down on a car.
Crews worked to fix a broken pole. Crews worked to fix a broken pole.

HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – The sound of the generator brought some relief for a New Salisbury couple after enduring 15 hours without power.

"It's always the worry in the back of your mind," Beckie Creek said.

The Creek's invited us into their home as some of their appliances back to life including their heater and refrigerator.

Their home is one of 3,100 across Harrison County struck by outages. Some may not get power back until the weekend. They can blame that on frozen trees.

"They have to remove the debris, the trees themselves and get them off the lines," REMC Business Manager, Steve Moore said. "At that point you've got a lot of poles that you've got to fix," he said.

At another home not too far from the Creek's, a tree took out a pole and crashed down on a car.

Levi Scott had to turn around and find another way home as crews worked to fix a broken pole. His power came back on just in time to cancel a hotel reservation.

"My wife is pregnant and I didn't think we needed to stay in a freezing home all night," he explained.

Crews from other counties came in to help, but Harrison County has seen worse.

"In comparison to 2008, 2009, when we had 95 percent of our members out," Moore explained, "It's not near as bad as what it was."

The Creek's agreed. "If it gets real bad, we'll rough it at a hotel, or a motel or something," Lee Creek said.

But Wednesday night they were going to be warm and entertained.

"It's probably going to be a night for the recliners," Beckie Creek said. "We tend to kind of sleep there anyway."

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