Vectren Crews Repairing Damaged Utility Poles

Utility crews are hard at work Tuesday night after thunderstorms left parts of Evansville and Henderson without power.

Most of the outages in Evansville are centered in the University South neighborhood near Washington Ave. and Rotherwood Ave. More than 600 customers are without power. Vectren officials say power is expected to be restored around 2 a.m.

Vectren Communications Director Natalie Hedde says two electric poles were snapped and four others were damaged. One of the snapped poles is next to Washington Middle School. The other is on Rotherwood Ave. off Washington Ave.

A third party company brought in a crane to help lift tree limbs. Hedde says workers are using jackhammers to help fix the poles.

Storms earlier on Tuesday day also produced some damaging winds on the near east side of Evansville. A large tree took down power lines on Rotherwood Ave. near Washington Ave. and blocked the roadway.

Just down the street on Rotherwood Ave. near Illinois St., a large part of a tree fell on top of a telephone line. Workers at the scene say it appears strong winds snapped the tree and knocked it onto the lines. No one was hurt.

(This story was originally published on August 1, 2017)

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