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(Update) Power restored to thousands who lost it during snowstorm

Omaha, Neb. — Electricity has been restored to thousands of customers in eastern Nebraska who lost power when heavy, wet snow downed tree limbs onto power lines.

Omaha Public Power District reported Monday morning that more than 4,800 customers remained without power in Douglas and Sarpy counties _ down from the peak of about 56,000 in those two and adjacent counties Sunday evening.

Lincoln Electric System spokeswoman Rachel Barth said the system still had 99 customers needing power restored in Lincoln, down from Sunday’s high of around 7,000 customers.

Lincoln police reported that a 69-year-old woman was injured when a tree branch fell on her while she was trying to remove other fallen branches from her car. Her name hasn’t been released.

Totals varied widely from the snowstorm. The National Weather Service says 7.5 inches  was reported 3 miles southeast of Friend. Omaha’s official total was 1.5 inches, but 3 inches or more was reported elsewhere in Douglas County. Four inches was reported 3 miles south of Lincoln.


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Omaha, Neb. —  More than 50,000 utility customers are without power after heavy, wet snow blanketed eastern Nebraska.

The Omaha Public Power District says 51,000 customers lacked power at 5 p.m. Sunday. That was down from a peak of about 56,000.
In Lincoln, about 5,000 utility customers lost power.

Between 2 and 3 inches of snow fell across most of eastern Nebraska.

It’s not clear yet how long it will take to restore power.
OPPD spokeswoman Laura King-Holman says people who lose power should try not to open their fridges and freezers, so food will last as long as possible.

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