OGALLALA, Neb. (KNOP) - UPDATE (April 15, 7:19 p.m.): Nine customers are still without power in Ogallala after spring snow storms, but the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is working to restore it.
According to Mark Becker at NPPD, six structures need replaced with materials brought from York to Ogallala; but, the interstate being closed much of Sat., April 14 delayed transportation.
Crews worked Sunday until dark and will return to the project on Monday morning. During the course of the storm, around 4,900 NPPD customers lost power at some point.
UPDATE (April 14, 8:56 p.m.): The number of homes without power in Greater Nebraska is decreasing. Dawson Public Power District reports that, at 7:40 p.m., there were 90 customers without power. The Nebraska Public Power District reports 7 outages in Ogallala, affecting 16 customers. Power is anticipated to return in Ogallala around 1:10 a.m. (central).
UPDATE (April 14, 4:56 p.m.): Mark Becker with the Nebraska Public Power District tells News 2 that 225 customers are without power in Ogallala. Crews are working to restore power and Becker says power is estimated to return for these customers by 9 p.m. central.
As for the Dawson Public Power District, 300 customers sit without power. The most affected areas include Gothenburg, Cozad, and Lexington, according to the company's Facebook page.
UPDATE (April 14, 10:30 a.m.): News 2 spoke to Mark Becker with the Nebraska Public Power District. He says there are 820 NPPD customers without power around the Ogallala area, but crews are working to restore power and power is expected to return mid-afternoon (roughly between noon and 2:30 p.m. central). Crews got to work Saturday morning after being unable to go out in Friday night's poor conditions.
Dawson Public Power District also released an update at 7:45 a.m. on Facebook about outages in the area: "Progress will be slow due to road conditions. If you’re on the roads, watch for low or broken lines they may be hard to see in the blowing snow. Outage areas: Ravenna, Sumner, Rockville, Overton, Lexington, Farnam, Elm Creek, Eddyville, Elwood, Shelton, Brady & Amherst. The larger outages are in the Eustis, Gothenburg and Cozad areas. DPPD serves over 10,000 residential customers and has under 500 reports of outages. Crews are working across the district to restore power. If you get a busy signal when you try to report your outage, wait 10 minutes and try again, please."
Nebraska Public Power District posted on their Facebook page that as of 9:00 p.m. conditions have become unsafe.
NPPD said strong winds and blizzard conditions have set in across Nebraska, and crews have been battling blinding conditions to restore power to customers in Ogallala, Atkinson, Big Springs, Brule, Butte, Elsie, Inman, and O'Neill.
They will start again in the morning as the weather moves through.
Some residents in the Sandhills are without power this evening. Custer County Power officials said they estimate around 1,000 people without power from Stapleton, Arnold, and into parts of Taylor, Nebraska.
Officials said they are receiving more calls of power being out by the hour.
They said they are isolating some of the problem areas and fixing them, although it might be tomorrow before most of the power is restored to customers.
Nebraska Public Power District said they are making progress restoring power to their customers.
As of 8:30 p.m. CT, roughly 386 people in the Ogallala area and 355 people in the Brule area are without power.
NPPD Spokesman, Mark Becker, said crews have been out all night working on downed power lines.
Becker said they hope to have power restored by 11:00 p.m. CT Friday.
Nebraska Public Power District said currently they have 2,390 customers without power in Ogallala and rural areas east of the city.
The exact cause of the outage is not known, however, they had a transmission line outside of Ogallala lock up, most likely due to galloping wires caused by high wind.
NPPD started seeing outages in Ogallala around 3 p.m. CT. In the southwest part of the state, they started seeing breaker operations around noon and included outages in Lewellen and Lisco.
There may be some other outages caused by a Western Area Power Administration line that may be impacting some other communities that NPPD does not serve.
NPPD anticipates service to return to customers after 6 p.m. CT.