Flooded I&M substation causing delays in restoring power
The rain in Bridgman came pouring on homes and streets Monday night, but it even caused an I&M sub-station to flood and that’s making restoring power even more of a mess.
With the flooding, it impacted three other stations in the Harbor Country area as well.
Thus, getting power rerouted is causing a delay.
“This is an unprecedented flood at our Bridgman sub-station and with that it created several challenges,” said Schnee Garrett, Communications Consultant at Indiana Michigan Power. “Our crews are installing a new power line connection to essentially bypass that flooded substation and restore power to the other three impacted substations.”
With more storms expected Tuesday, make sure to stay away from downed power lines and report them to I&M.
If you use a generator, have them outdoors and away from structures and do not plug it into a wall outlet.
As of 7 p.m., 12,000 I&M customers remained without power.
It’s expected that everyone in the Harbor Country area will have power restored by 10 p.m., for the rest of Bridgman, it will be by Wednesday afternoon.