Crews made the necessary repairs in the northwest Omaha outage and have restored power to those customers. There remains some scattered outages after a day of strong wind gusts caused several outages around the service territory.
8 p.m., Oct 23, 2017
Crews are working to finish with tree trimming work in northwest Omaha/Douglas County that is believed to be responsible for the outage in that area. The crews are working to make the needed repairs as quickly and safely as possible and hope to have the outage resolved tonight.
4:15 p.m., Oct. 23, 2017
Crews are making good headway responding to outages; however, some smaller outages continue to pop up.
At 3:41 p.m., they restored the circuit serving 1, 372 customers from Blondo Street to Underwood Avenue, 74th to 53rd Streets. The cause of this outage was a large limb that had fallen on a primary power line. Our trouble shooter was able to remove it, and the circuit was closed. They had been without power since 2:15 p.m.
With the other circuit that's out, serving 1,829 customers in northwest Omaha/Douglas County, a troubleshooter has determined tree limb interference was also to blame. Those customers have been without power since 2:18 p.m. Tree crews are working to help clear the obstruction so that power can be restored.
Outages continue to pick up in our area, along with the wind. At this time, we have nearly 6,000 outages -- including at least two locked out circuits, as described below, as well as hundreds of scattered outages.
Remember, windy weather could contribute to downed power lines. Always assume power lines are live and high-voltage. Stay at least 30-feet away. And call OPPD or 911 to report them. Please keep these other safety tips in mind, as well.
2:24 p.m., Oct. 23, 2017 - UPDATED at 2:43 p.m.
Two circuit outages are impacting about 3,200 customers, right now. Our troubleshooters are investigating the exact causes. However, wind has been an issue with other outages we are seeing this afternoon.
As far as those circuit outages go - as of 2:18 p.m., 1,829 customers between Blondo Street (south) and 193rd Ave. Circle (north), 203rd Street (west) to 180th Street (east), are without power. In addition, 1,372 customers in north central Omaha lost power at 2:15 p.m. That impacted area impacted includes: Blondo Street to Underwood Avenue, 74th to 53rd Streets.
We are working to determine the problems impacting both circuits, as well as other scattered outages. But, again, wind has been an issue today. Our service territory is under a wind advisory until 7 p.m.
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