Photo gallery: Damage in Sarpy County requires extensive effort

Damage from the June 16, 2017 storm was quite extensive in Sarpy County. The National Weather Service office in Valley is reporting two tornadoes in the Bellevue area, an EF1 and an EF2. The EF1 tornado has peak winds of up to 110 mph while the EF2 tornado had winds peaking at 135 mph.

Mutual aid assistance from other public power utilities (Nebraska Public Power District, Loup Public Power District and Southern Public Power District) has helped restoration efforts, as well as contractors who have been brought in to assist. As of Sunday morning, outage numbers were down to less than 22,000 from a high of 76,000 at the peak.

This  video details  incredible measures taken to restore damage that was done to the transmission lines after the June 16 tornados struck the area. Another video shows the wider picture of what homeowners, business owners, cities and utilities alike faced in the aftermath.

Below is a photo gallery of damage and restoration efforts in areas of Sarpy County.


Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.

Andrew Roger

About Andrew Roger

Andrew Roger joined OPPD as a digital media coordinator in 2013. With camera in hand, Andrew is out in field capturing stories and moments of our hard-working employees.

15 thoughts on “Photo gallery: Damage in Sarpy County requires extensive effort

  1. I would like to know when we might expect to get our power back. All neighborhoods around us have had their power restored. Cant understand why 5 houses on my side of street still remain with no power. 1005 Offutt Blvd

    1. Deb, I have forwarded your comment to our Call Center to see if they have any additional information on your situation. Thanks for your patience. We do work that brings back larger numbers first and now we are in the process of getting the smaller clusters and individual homes back online. We have more than 430 people out doing work. I will let you know when I hear from the Call Center.

      1. I need to know if I should get a hotel room tonight. We were told power would be back on Saturday, I understand a lot of people were without power, but no one came out to even look at the downed lines until last night. Then they only taped off the area . I just threw away over $500 in food, very sickening. Because we rent a mobile home we cannot get renters insurance, I need to know when power will be restored in my area. I feel that higher end areas got first priority. I’m not saying y’all aren’t working hard, I’m saying please let us at least see the workers attempting to fix our area. Thank you

        1. Kim,
          I have forwarded you question to our Call Center, where they can access your account info to check. I understand your frustration. It’s been the fourth worst storm we’ve seen in 70 years. We have more than 430 people out working. I’m also giving you the Call Center number, perhaps that would be quicker? 1-800-554-6773. I’m hoping for the best for you.

    1. Hi Kathy. I have messaged our customer care representatives, and they should be in touch shortly! Thanks for reaching out.

  2. I want to Thank Everyone at OPPD for doing the best that they can, to restore the power. We got ours back on Sunday night. I know it’s not easy when Mother Nature gives quite a blow. Thanks again to everyone.

    1. Thank you for your very kind words, Sally. We will be sure and pass your note onto our crew leaders. They will appreciate the support!

    2. Hi Sally. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement for our crews. They do have a very big job. We will be sure and pass along your kind sentiment. It will be greatly appreciated!

  3. Thanks so much to all the hard workers getting electricity restored to so many without! You all are truly amazing and so appreciated.

    1. Cathy, Thank you for taking the time to share your comment. Crews have been working long hours, and they have accomplished a lot. Still more to do, so they are back at it again this morning. We value the efforts of OPPD crews and all the mutual aid crews here to help. Take care!

  4. I live in Springfield. I just wanted to say Thank You to all who got our power restored after the storm. It was amazing how fast the crews worked to get it back as fast as they did considering the amount of damage the storm caused.

    1. Rick, Thank you reaching out to us with your kind message after all these days without power. Utility crews have an elevated sense of pride and responsibility when it comes to restoring power as quickly and safely as possible after storms like this. The concerted effort was commendable, considering we had damage to one-third of our 5,000-square-mile area. I frequently visit Robin’s Nest and have spent a lot of time in Springfield in the past. I was saddened by all of the damage there. Take care!

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