OPPD: 62,000 customers still without power nearly 24 hours after storm

More than 100,000 customers restored throughout the day Saturday
Published: Jul. 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Still dealing with the outcome of the overnight storms, OPPD and NPPD gave updates Saturday on power outages around the Omaha-metro.

In an online update at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Omaha Public Power District said 62,000 customers were still without power and that some crews would continue working nonstop until all power was restored.

“To continue working safely, a number of our crews will be signing off to get some sleep tonight, as we add more help from surrounding utility partners,” the OPPD website update states. “They will continue to work overnight, with freshly rested crews joining back in the restoration work (Sunday).”

In the news release sent out after its 4 p.m. press conference, OPPD reported about 85,000 customers were without power. That was down from more than 189,000 who had experienced power outages overnight and into the morning.

Officials said large trees and limbs in the way of power lines were causing the biggest problems for crews.

One woman says in the middle of the night, residents were asked to pack up, leave, and find another place to stay because of the damage.

Watch Saturday’s OPPD press conference

Elsewhere in Nebraska

NPPD officials report restored power in Lexington, Oakland, Norfolk, Aurora, Geneva, Plattsmouth, McCook, Meadow Grove, and Tilden. They also report about 111 customers out of power in Kearney and about 550 customers in Plattsmouth.

Starting at 8,800 customers without power Saturday morning, that number went down to 757 around 3:30 p.m. Officials say there will be an update on Kearney and Plattsmouth Sunday.

“Interstate 80 was opened up earlier this afternoon, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol, and Highway 14 is now open. Transmission crews also patrolled county roads between Grand Island and McCool Junction removed any transmission line on those roadways to make them safe and passable. Restoration work on the Grand Island to McCool 345 kilovolt transmission line will begin on Monday. NPPD’s Doniphan Control Center was able to reroute the electric load when line’s 84 structures collapsed during the storm Friday night due to high winds.”

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Posted by Nebraska Public Power District on Saturday, July 10, 2021

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Digital Producer Taleisha Newbill contributed to this story.

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