Power restored in Eaton after rain, ice cause outage

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Power has been restored to Eaton residents following a six hour outage.

The town lost power around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was raining and there was ice.

“You can tell on some of the trees (there was ice) and about 10:30 all the power started going out,” Eaton Fire Chief Clay McDaniel said.

McDaniel was at work when the power went out. The fire department immediately turned on their generator to ensure they would be able to continue their day-to-day operations.

Sheila Mullen moved to Eaton two weeks ago. She said the town became covered with ice.

“It wasn’t a lot of wind. It was just a lot of rain, cold,” Mullen said.

Eaton Elementary School released students from school early. Mullen’s son is a 3rd-grader at Eaton Elementary School.

“I figured they would keep them until the end of day being that there’s no power,” Mullen said.

There were about 1,300 people in Delaware County who temporarily did not have power. Officials believe Tuesday’s weather may have played a role.

Outside of Muncie, near 400 West and 500 West, crews repaired power lines and poles that were leaning onto the road due to ice. Caleb Halsema, with the Delaware County EMA, said previous weather systems contributed to the slanted power lines and posts.

“If you see poles leaning or lines down, definitely call. We’ll at least get somebody out there to check it out,” Halsema said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, less than 100 customers in Delaware County were without power.

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