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Ice, snow add to winter-weariness

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Tell City hit by power outage Tuesday night

By VINCE LUECKE
Editor

TELL CITY – An already-long winter seemed that much more annoying this week after a one-two punch that delivered snow on Monday and a thick layer of ice Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

The county was under weather warnings for both storms. Monday’s snowfall accumulated to between 2 and 5 inches, with heavier amounts to the south and along the Ohio River.

Some of the snow melted by the time Tuesday’s storm arrived. This time, the culprit was ice, which glazed trees and power lines.

In Tell City, trees fell across three-phase power lines in two locations Wednesday evening, triggering an outage that affected 503 customers, Tell City Electric Department Superintendent Marlow Smethurst said. The outage began around 6 p.m. and power was restored by 9:30. A separate outage affected some Burglen Hills residents.

Southern Indiana Power had few problems Tuesday and Wednesday. However, Monday’s storm caused 10 outages in the Leopold area, six in the St. Marks area and another in Magnet.

Two crews worked Tuesday night with scattered outages in the Evanston, Leopold and St. Marks areas, systems engineer Todd Hammond said.

A Vectren line feeding the Evanston substation also failed, affecting customers for about 90 minutes. Most of the scattered outages were due to downed trees and limbs. State and county crews also responded to reports of trees over roadways.

Despite the ice, most main state and county roads were passable during the night, thanks to the work of road crews. Dispatchers at the Tell City Police Department reported a handful of calls from motorists who had slid off of roadways. A motorist on Interstate 64 overturned his sport-utility vehicle but was not injured and a driver ran over a tree near Huffman Wednesday morning.

Temperatures were expected to stay in the teens today with lows in the single digits tonight. There is a chance of light snow this weekend.