Storm delays dismissal, causes power outages in Delphi

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – Severe weather knocked the power out for 1,200 Delphi residents for more than three hours Tuesday. News 18 has learned it was caused by a tree falling on a power line.

Delphi school administrators made the call to delay dismissal just moments before the power was knocked out.

“As we looked outside and as we looked at the radar, we knew that there was going to be a bad front coming through,” said Ann Marie Circle, Delphi Community Middle and High School Principal.

When Tuesday’s severe storms rolled in, Circle made the decision to delay dismissal.

“We did not want them out there with these winds,” said Circle. “They’re more safe and secure with the staff members and inside our building.”

Circle said they had an idea the power was going to go because the internet kept going on and off, so administrators had a short time frame to get the word out about the delayed dismissal.

“I quickly got on there, got a message out to parents. We called radio stations to try and let the parents know, so they weren’t worrying, thinking the kids were on buses,” said Circle.

Soon after, the school lost power, along with about 1,200 other Duke Energy customers in the Delphi area.

Senior Communications Consultant with Duke Energy, Lew Middleton, said right around 3 p.m. when the storms rolled in the power went out.

“It was due to a tree limb that fell into one of our power lines. We sent some crews out to patrol the line and find out exactly what the problem was. They located this limb. They were able to get the limb out of the power lines and then make whatever minor repairs needed to be made,” said Middleton.

Delphi schools canceled all after-school activities because of the power outage.

“Ultimately, we wanted the kids safe,” said Circle.

The Twin Lakes school district made a similar decision to delay school dismissal because of the weather.

Power was finally restored in Delphi around 6:30 p.m.

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