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Local utility leaders pledge to keep services on; commit to relief donations

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Local utility representatives promised to suspend service disconnects due to non-payment during the COVID-19 pandemic in a press conference Tuesday.

Leaders from NIPSCO, City Utilities, and Indiana Michigan Power said that they do not expect service interruptions and will keep service connected for accounts that have not paid until at least May 1st.

City Utilities announced their plan to suspend meter change-outs, including previously scheduled appointments, except in emergencies.

Both NIPSCO and Indiana Michigan Power announced donations to local response teams. NIPSCO pledged a $1 million donation to help provide COVID-19 relief support across the company’s seven-state service territory. $400,000 of that donation will go to the American Red Cross in Indiana.

I&M is donating 10,000 N95 masks and 10,000 individual nitrile gloves to health-care workers and first responders throughout Indiana and Michigan.

Banking representatives also announced that they are looking for new measures to help small and commercial businesses. STAR Financial Bank says they are working to provide short term loan relief options for retail customers if needed.

At the press conference, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry also encouraged healthy residents to donate blood, if possible, through their local American Red Cross location.

The public is encouraged to visit the City of Fort Wayne, where a community resource page has been created that contains information about COVID-19, local government responses and other organizations that serve the public and how collectively there is help available to those who may need assistance.

Jack Keenan

Jack Keenan is a morning news anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC Today.

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