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Northern Jasper Co Hit Hard, Barn Ends Up in Substation

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Jasper County REMC CEO Bryan Washburn says as of this morning the number of members without power is down to the nine-hundreds from a peak of about 16-hundred, with most of the outages within about five miles of the Kankakee River.  "That northern part of Jasper County," Washburn said, "really got hit very, very hard.  It appears like some very strong, straight-line winds. In one case we actually had a barn that was blown away and it ended up inside of one of our substations."  That pole shed was about five miles northeast of Demotte, just north of Wheatfield, and metal debris from the structure went into a substation.  Washburn also told the Region News Team this morning he saw a lot of corn that was "simply flattened". In addition, several trees were uprooted and in some cases, landed on power poles, breaking the pole itself, and it took quite a while, Washburn said, just to get up and down county roads to make repairs.  Jasper County REMC serves parts of Porter, Starke, Pulaski, White, Newton and the biggest part of Jasper County rural.


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