Severe storms sweep through Indianapolis, bringing down trees, power lines

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 14, 2015) – Trees and power lines were down across Marion County after a second round of severe weather hit the area late Monday into early Tuesday.

Some roads were impassable due to downed trees and the amount of debris scattered around. Several traffic lights were also out. Some roads -- like the area at 30th street and Tibbs Avenue -- had to be blocked by officers for part of the morning since the hanging power lines made it dangerous. As of 10 a.m., Indianapolis Power & Light reported more than 28,000 outages around Marion County. Crews were working to restore power with help from utility crews from Nashville, Tenn. Additional help will arrive Wednesday from Dayton Power & Light and Vectren.

Between midnight and 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Indianapolis Fire Department made more than a hundred runs total. Some of those calls were for down power lines or trees that had fallen onto house.

Capt. Mike Pruitt from the Wayne Township Fire Department said the damage was citywide although his crews were concentrated on the west side, where some residents say the wind ripped off parts of their home.

"All of a sudden our living room shook and our beam that holds the apartment structure fell off and that's when I knew we had to get out of the apartment," said Johnathan Jett.

Both Wayne Township Fire and IFD officials say no injuries were reported overnight.

An emergency shelter was set up at Station 82, 5401 W. Washington Street to help with the response. The shelter closed around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. However, the American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at its downtown Indianapolis Headquarters, 441 E. 10th St., to provide help for anyone affected by this week's storms. People can stop by for snacks, meals or an overnight stay. They can also charge any electronic devices. Anyone in need of help should call the Red Cross at 888-684-1441.

Ivy Tech's downtown campus was closed for the day. Marian University was also closed Tuesday morning, although university officials hoped to reopen later in the afternoon. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis was also without power and is closed for Tuesday.

Captain Pruitt also wanted to get the word out about the potential for scammers to prey on customers. He said they’ll come into your neighborhood wanting to perform work. He said it’s important to stay in touch with your insurance company and make sure to find a reputable company to do the work.