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Utility crews going nearly non-stop to resolve outages

Utility crews going nearly non-stop to resolve outages
Courtesy/Dawson Public Power District photo of power pole in Buffalo county felled during blizzard. 4-14-18

Nebraska Public Power District — Power has been restored in two Nebraska communities by crews from Nebraska Public Power District.

Power was restored in Butte for 240 customers at 2:45 p.m. Sunday after a mobile generator was put into operation and will remain operating until permanent repairs can be made. Power was lost Friday night.

Atkinson, where power was lost Friday, was re-energized at 5:50 p.m. Sunday for the 903 customers without power. NPPD used a mobile transformer to restore power. That unit will remain in place until NPPD completes rebuilding a sub-transmission line between O’Neill and Atkinson, which feeds power to the community. NPPD reported that 39 structures on the line were damaged Friday night during the storm. Work will begin to replace structures early this week.

Nine customers remained without power in Ogallala Sunday evening where six structures need to be replaced. Crews worked until dark and then will resume the work Monday morning. Material had to be transported Sunday from York to Ogallala. Materials could not be moved until Sunday due to I-80 being closed t traffic on Saturday.

During the course of this spring storm, NPPD saw approximately 4,900 customers without power at various times. Poor road conditions combined with blizzard conditions kept NPPD crews from completing the work Friday night and most of Saturday.

Custer Public Power District — CPPD crews are out.  If you are still without power, know they are dedicated to getting your power back on. If you have not reported your outage during this storm, please call  1-888-749-2453.

General Manager Rick Nelson estimates that less than 200 people are still without power, but that’s much lower than the 3,000 without power Saturday afternoon.  Nelson was appreciative that two Dawson Public Power District crews have been providing mutual assistance since Sunday morning and a contract crew is pitching in as well. On Monday afternoon, the sun was shining and progress was being made.

Courtesy/Blizzard-damaged pole — Custer Public Power District  4-14-18

Dawson Public Power District — Dawson Public Power District officials say  with power restored to its residential customers, they will be able to send line workers to help other districts. Custer Public Power District to  the north , needs some help rebuilding their system. Loup Valleys Public Power District, Ord,  is also in need of assistance, so DPPD  employees will help them as well. The last of the restorations for  DPPD was a list of 17 outages between Willow Island and Wildhorse Valley near Gothenburg.

If you have not called to report your outage,  they need  you to do that now at 308-324-2386.



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