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DTSB: Businesses lost millions during blackout

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South Bend businesses reportedly lost millions of dollars due to the days-long power outage earlier this month.  Downtown South Bend, Inc. released their study on the outage that primarily hit businesses over the May 16 weekend.

Downtown South Bend Executive Director Aaron Perri reports businesses in the city lost $3 million at a minimum. Along with that number, he reports downtown businesses and organizations spent over $125,000 on solutions to restore temporary power, like generators.

Perri says Indiana Michigan Power met with DTSB Tuesday morning to go over the losses and the situation. He says I&M still has not determined a cause of the fire.

Many businesses in the area suffered an economic loss, including the downtown's Century Center. General Manager Leanna Belew of the Century Center says they had two events happening that weekend, and lost roughly $12,000. She says normally on a weekend with two events, they would make about $40,000.

Belew says their power was out Friday morning, when they already had an event planned. Extra security was added Friday morning, while they waited for a generator to be shipped up from Indianapolis. She says the power went back on because of the generator around 7pm Friday night. The cost of that generator was $20,000. They also had a local generator brought in for the lights in the parking lot, Belew says that cost about $5,000.

Perri says many of the downtown businesses can make a claim with I&M because of the power outage. He says he's certain some businesses will file with I&M, but they will have to meet a certain criteria.  I&M has not announced what those criteria are, yet, according to Perri.

FOX28's Faran Fronczak is meeting with other local businesses to find out what losses they specifically suffered from the power outage two weeks ago.

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