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I&M power outages still at work

October 03, 2011|Chad - By Chad Damp (damp@wsbt.com)

Power is finally restored to everyone in Berrien County from last Friday's wicked wind, but about 200 in Van Buren County still don't have power.

More than 20,000 people were without power at one point.

I&M says it's a slow process because 60 percent of the outages affected single customers. That means crews had to move from house to house fixing one problem at a time.

This outage also caused problems at a St. Joseph apartment for senior citizens. The Whitcomb Tower lost about a third of its electricity, knocking out elevators... meaning some people couldn't get to the cafeteria.

Tower staff delivered food to those stuck in their rooms.

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