Creek Erosion Around Utility Poles

Homeowners neighboring a northwest Omaha creek worry the next rain storm may turn two utility poles into drift wood. Cole Creek has eaten away the bank in front of the poles. One provides power to the neighborhood. Better bower said, “I’m worried about the poles falling on my house the garage and ripping out all of our power.”

A neighbor said that the last major storm caused the creek to turn into a raging river. A rock with wire mess bank stabilizer has been torn away. Kori Pulcifer said, “It would be one more storm and we think those poles are gone.” OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson said the utility is working on a plan. Hanson said, “ OPPD first checked on the situation last month and found that, while there was a problem, the fact that the pole was secured with a guy line gave a sufficient measure of safety for the interim. We are waiting for another utility to move its lines onto the power pole, and then the older pole can be removed. We expect that to happen very soon.”

“We are formulating the best solution to ensure the stability of the pole, which could include moving the pole to a different location, finding additional support for the pole in its current location, or more substantial changes to the ground around the pole, which would require coordination with the city of Omaha. Oppd will continue to work on the situation and always keep safety and reliability of service foremost in its considerations.”

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