Flooding causing power outages for Kearney residents

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - UPDATE: As of 2:30 pm, Dawson Public Power District reports that power has been restored to all customers. They are in the process of calling their customers to confirm they have gotten power back.

They were unable to divert water from the flooded transformer, but have created a temporary service for those customers.

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According to the Dawson Public Power District some 496 customers are without power as of Wednesday morning.

Chelsea Gengenbach, Communications Specialist with DPPD said a flooded transformer in the Cedar Hills division has caused the outage.

Crews are currently working with the Buffalo County Highway Department to try and figure out a way to divert the water so crews can safely work to restore the issue.

Kearney isn't the only DPPD area suffering outages due to weather, Gengenbach said there are currently outages throughout the territory that crews are working to restore.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) is advising motorists this flooding event is rapidly evolving and will continue to change throughout the rest of the week.

According to NDOT, just a few inches of water can impact your
vehicle’s ability to navigate, cause it to stall, or even float it. Should you encounter water over a roadway, never drive through it. Turn around – don’t drown.

Motorists are reminded to make sure everyone in their vehicle wears a seatbelt and children are in a car safety seat. Never use cruise control in wet weather