Dozens of downtown residents left in the dark, street lights out for weeks

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Dozens of residents who live on Harding Street near downtown Indy have been left in the dark. They say their street lights went out a few weeks ago and they still have not been fixed.

“People go down this road pretty fast and they are not going to be able to see if a kid or an animal gets out in the middle of the road,” says concerned neighbor Christie Edwards.

For several blocks, both sides of North Harding are pitch black. Indiana Power and Light says it cannot fix the issue. The company thinks the issue stems from a circuit problem.

Edwards and other neighbors say they have called IPL to report the issue.

“Hello, I have called to report the street lights are out and I called about a week and a half ago. There still has been nothing done,” says Edwards in a phone call to IPL.

IPL told Edwards on Saturday they are aware of the problem and have crews working on it.

IPL called of its contractors, the Public Lighting Company to step in and help. But, neighbors cannot get anyone on the phone.

Every neighbor we spoke with told us the street lights are out for several blocks.

“Probably about four or five blocks, it is all the way from 16th street to 22nd street,” says Edwards.

You can see at 16th street there are no lights and then as far as you look down the road there are no lights,” says neighbors Tony Means.

People are worried the unlit streets could encourage crime, especially on Halloween night when children are going door to door.

“It is kind of scary going outside here at night time. There is a lot of older people and a lot of kids and Halloween is here and there will be kids out here trick or treating with no street lights,” says Edwards.

Finally, there may be a potential light at the end of the tunnel. IPL told residents that there should be a crew out to fix the problem by the first of the week.

IPL is encouraging people to report broken, burnt out or flickering street lights at or by calling (317)-261-8111. The company says it tried to make the repairs in five to seven days.

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