Power restored at Indianapolis retirement community

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Crestwood Village West says power has been restored after an outage led to 300 residents being evacuated Wednesday afternoon.

Four buildings were without power at the retirement community, which is located at 230 Welcome Way. That's near Girls School and Rockville Roads on the Indianapolis west side.

Crestwood Village management tells Eyewitness News that a work crew accidentally cut a power line. The Wayne Township Fire Department said the problem may have been underground. Crews with Indianapolis Power and Light responded.

Temperatures were in the low 90s Wednesday afternoon, and the concern for Crestwood was residents being exposed to high heat. Senior citizens were moved to a ballroom which never lost power. They will be allowed to return once the air conditioning has cooled down the buildings affected by the power outage.

While the loss of electricity is an inconvenience for many people when it happens, the lack of air conditioning on a hot day can be a hazard to senior citizens who may have other health issues.

Pat Bender described the situation.

"It's bad and scary. We're a bunch of older people and it got hot up there. We live on the third floor. It was hot. The fireman brought me down and then went back and got my chair," she said.

Power was restored to all affected buildings by 5:30 pm. The outage lasted for roughly two hours.