Recent high winds believed to have led to power outages in Hastings

(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 9:27 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Power should be back on for everyone who lost it Monday morning in Hastings.

The power outage affected some commercial businesses downtown along with residential customers in the western part of Hastings, central and south central Hastings extending to Good Samaritan Village.

A City of Hastings spokesperson said utilities was experiencing a total power loss at one of their distribution systems. They have since rerouted everyone to another substation while they fix the issue.

Hastings Utilities has determined the cause of the outage that started just before 9 a.m. and lasted about 30 minutes later.

A jumper wire connection on a distribution line between the North Denver Substation and Crane Ave. Substation failed. They believe the line connection failed due to the recent high winds.

During the outages, stoplights in town were affected. Hastings Police urged drivers to use caution at controlled intersections and treat the non-working stoplights as a 4-way stop.

Hastings Police Captain Mike Doremus said a significant chunk of the city was without power. He said with the outages, it affected one of their tower sites. He said it hindered some radio communication from some of their rural fire departments.

The site has a battery backup but he said it didn’t work properly. They are still looking into why it didn’t work.

Capt. Doremus said they lost radio communication on some frequencies for about 20 minutes but they were able to use a workaround.

“It didn’t interrupt any services to the public,” he said.

When it comes to safety while driving during a power outage, Adams County Emergency Manager Ron Pughes says “You want to treat it as a four way stop. If the power’s completely out at the intersection, treat it as four stop signs sitting right there. Be safe. People may not be aware the traffic lights are out, so be cognizant of people flying through. Use extra caution if the power lights are out.”

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