Dayton utility workers help Indy prep for Final Four

IPL employees were focusing on repairs after a series of explosions in downtown Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Dozens of out of state utility workers are helping Indianapolis Power & Light inspect manhole covers with the goal of ensuring safety by Final Four weekend.

IPL enlisted about 50 crews from Chicago, Dayton and Cincinnati to inspect more than 1,200 covers and the cables underneath.

The added crews were announced days after state utility regulators launched an investigation into IPL. The investigation was prompted by downtown underground explosions in Indianapolis on Monday and Thursday of last week.

“Having two incidents in one week, I definitely understand why people would wonder if there’s a safety issue,” Davis-Handy said. “But overall we have a safe and reliable network.”

Davis-Handy says another goal is to ensure safety during the upcoming Final Four weekend.

“We want to make sure that we’re able to get in as many manholes as we can between now and then and make sure from a safety standpoint that everything is the way it should be.”

IPL plans to have power restored without the temporary generators to all customers by Wednesday morning. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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