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NPPD restores all power outages from weekend storm

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 9:48 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Heavy storms made their way through central Nebraska this weekend, knocking out power for thousands statewide.

The Nebraska Public Power District was reporting roughly 8,900 people without power Saturday morning. That number dropped every day, but there were still families in the dark until Monday evening.

They lost a 345,000 volt transmission line that runs from Grand Island down to McCool and 84 structures along that route as well.

“Anytime you have a power outage, people are going to have to be patient,” NPPD Supervisor of Media Services Mark Becker said. “I think people think this is a flip a switch and everything works. It doesn’t do that. Our guys are working long hours, 12 to 14 hours.”

Not only does it take a while to fix, but it also can be quite costly for the power companies.

“If there is an emergency declaration from the governor, we can apply for FEMA funds that pay a certain amount,” Becker said. “But it is expensive. Poles are expensive, wire is expensive so we do the best we possibly can.”

Becker said if you do come across any downed power lines, whether from this storm or any other moving forward, to stay away from them and not try to move them by yourself.

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