OPPD announced Saturday morning it has restored power to all customers following the mass outages caused by this week's blizzard.
At the peak of the storm Wednesday night into Thursday, more than 41,000 customers were without electricity.
MidAmerican Energy expected to have power restored to all Iowa customers by Saturday night. At the height of the storm, more than 34,000 customers were without power.
Manchester Elementary near 170th and Blondo in Omaha is part of Elkhorn Public Schools where classes resumed Friday, but not at Manchester where power wasn’t restored until Friday afternoon.
No school? “No,” said Hannah Stone. “The electricity came out.” While the school was not open for classes, the sledding hill was.
“The houses right across the street had power so we packed all our refrigerator stuff and put it on the deck,” said Jamie Trausch, who lost power Wednesday night near 170th and Maple. He came to the hill with his two boys and neighbors, a way to enjoy the same season that put a damper on things earlier in the week.
At the very least, many of these families know someone who lost power and had to manage without it. For teenagers, that can be challenging. “A lot of them went to other people's houses because without video games, a lot of them didn't know what to do.”
Trausch's electricity came back on Friday afternoon. What was the temperature inside his home? “It was 45. Surprisingly, I thought I was going to come home to a 20-degree house and it would take me three days to warm up."
Because schools and many businesses were closed Thursday due to the storm, many wanted to see a movie but couldn’t at the Village Pointe theaters due to a power outage. That all changed around 1 p.m. Friday. OPPD found the trouble spot and reconnected the wires on a frontage road outside the mall.
Other businesses at Village Pointe were also affected. Firebirds reopened at 4 p.m. Friday. The Apple store finally could power up all the electronics and reopen, too. "I saw signs on the doors that they were closed because of the power." Sondra Dubas noted the inconvenience, but realized we were all in this together. “We were without power until 5 p.m."
Peering through windows, some businesses creatively stayed open even without power as staff just bundled up.