Storm damage reported in Rushville

Thousands without power during record heat

RUSHVILLE, Ind. - Thousands lost power in Rush County after storms rolled through early Tuesday evening.

At one point, Duke Energy reported more than 2,000 customers in Rush County without power around 5 p.m., and an additional 1,200 Shelby County customers were in the dark.

Officials reported several trees were ripped from their roots, which took fire hydrants out, knocked down power lines  and destroyed parts of homes.

Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey estimated there were about three or four houses that had trees down. There were other trees down in the park system, but they did not hit anything where they fell, he said.

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Neighbors said the sound of one tree falling into the street lured them outside in time to see another one tear through the corner of a house.

"So far we know most of the damage was centrally located throughout Rushville. We have about 2,000 customers without power. We have at least three homes that have been heavily damaged, if not destroyed," Chuck Kemker with Emergency Management said.

Pavey said he felt fortunate that no injuries were reported as a result of the storms.

Officials said they were restoring power to customers in waves. Officials said all customers should have power back by 12:30 a.m.

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