Workers out in force rebuilding, repairing lines; more than 3,500 still without power

Monday, June 19, 9:15 p.m.

More than *3,700 customers remain without power tonight, with 634 separate  issues contributing to these outages. All circuits have been at least partially, if not fully, restored. And crews are ahead of schedule on individual repairs to distribution lines, but much work remains.

For the latest number and locations of outages, please view our outage map.

We will post a new update in the morning.

8:25 p.m.

More than 3,600 customers remain without power at this time. Crews still hope to have the majority of circuits restored tonight. But they still have a big job ahead of them, repairing individual distribution lines to customers’ homes. The goal is to have power restored to most of those customers by the end of Wednesday; however, a few dozen customers could remain out a bit longer.

For the latest number and locations of outages, please view our outage map.

4:30p.m.

Currently, more than 5,500 customers remain without power as OPPD and mutual aid crews continue their restoration work.  The bulk of the outages are in Sarpy and Cass counties at this time.  Both areas sustained heavy damage in Friday night’s storms.

Their goal is to have power restored to 99 percent of the impacted circuits by midnight tonight. The remaining repairs on distribution lines for individual customers, which is the most tedious and time-consuming work, will take longer. For the customers impacted, we estimate power will be restored to all but 50 to 100 customers by Wednesday night.

We continue to urge customers  to assume that any downed lines are live and high-voltage. Stay at least 30-feet back and report them to OPPD at 1-800-554-6773 or call 911.

Please continue to view our outage map for the latest number and location of outages as restoration work continues.

3 p.m.

Currently, 5,668 customers remain without power with 871 separate issues contributing to those outages. We are making good, steady progress considering the slow, tedious nature of the remaining repairs.

The latest update means, power has been restored to 93 percent of our customers who lost power due to Friday night’s storms. The outage number peaked at 76,500 at 11:20 p.m. Friday, June 16. This ranks as the 4th largest storm on record for OPPD in terms of outages.

11:50 a.m.

We have 7,360 customers without power, related to 972 issues at this time. OPPD and mutual aid crews continue to make repairs to bring power back to those still in the dark.

Our current crew count of 408 includes 179 from OPPD making repairs, as well as 69 from Forestry working to clear tree debris. In addition, we have 160 more workers from power companies providing mutual aid. And we will be getting some more outside resources, as well.

9:00 a.m.

At this time, 8,023 customers remain without power, related to 1,027 separate issues. This is down from our peak outage of 76,500 after storms rolled through Friday night.

More than 400 workers, both OPPD and mutual aid crews, are completing repairs to bring power back to those who remain out. They continue to make steady progress, with much damage to repair. Many problems require door to door fixes, which can be slow and tedious. We appreciate our customers’ patience throughout this difficult process.

Our team expects to restore power to most customers by the end of the day; however, a small number may be without power until Wednesday as repairs to the distribution system will take some time.

Please refer to our outage map for the latest number and location of outages.

6:30 a.m.

Outage numbers are down to 8,132 at this time, with 1,014 separate issues contributing to these outages. Crews continue to work today to bring power back as safely and as quickly as possible.

4 a.m.

Current outage numbers are 8,215, down from  76,000 who lost power due to Friday night’s storm. The majority of those are in Sarpy (4,261), Douglas (2,189) and Cass (1,277), counties, which sustained the most extensive damage.

Crews will be out in full force today.

Sunday, June 18, 9:30 p.m.

Current outage numbers are 8,647, or 86 percent of the original 76,000 who lost power due to Friday night’s storm.

The great effort by OPPD and mutual aid crews Sunday has put us well ahead of our original estimated restoration times. Now, 99 percent of the circuit lockouts should be fixed by Monday night, leaving 50 to 100 individual customers who would be out until Wednesday night.

OPPD continues to stress safety to its crews and to customers. Anyone needing to report outages or other issues should call 1-800-554-6773. You can also check outage status by county on our outage map.

Sunday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.

Crews have had a very productive day. Currently 10,067 customers remain without power, which means we have restored 86 percent of the 76,000 storm outages that occurred after Friday night’s storm.

Sunday, June 18, 6 p.m.

Outage numbers are down to 17,816, which is 77 percent restored from the 76,000 at the peak of outages following Friday night’s storm.

OPPD and mutual aid crews continue to make progress, though much of the remaining work requires either rebuilding efforts or time-consuming home to home repair.

On occasion, some people could lose power again after it had been restored. Work on another part of the system could impact service. If that happens, please report it online or call 1-800-554-6773. The photo at right shows lines down on Bay  Road in Plattsmouth, Neb.

Sunday, June 18, 3:30 p.m.

Earlier today, a woman greeted an OPPD line technician with a smile and handshake for coming to restore power in her neighborhood. Though she had no service since Friday night,  she’d seen the widespread damage in news coverage and knew it might take time.

Those gestures and kind words do not go unnoticed. Utility line workers have what’s typically a thankless job, as they work behind the scenes and often in the dark of night or in adverse weather. Destructive storms like the one Friday are inconvenient for homeowners and business owners, but OPPD and the mutual aid crews appreciate the  patience and thanks they get. They work as quickly and as safely as possible.

As of 3:30 p.m., outage numbers had been reduced to just over 18,000. The beautiful Father’s Day weather has provided good working conditions, which is at least something for the fathers and grandfathers who are among those doing the restoration work. Pictured above and below are OPPD crews working to restore power in the Normandy Hills neighborhood Sunday. Photos by Andrew Roger/OPPD.

Sunday, June 18, 1:15 p.m.

On day three of the restoration efforts, OPPD continues to focus on safe restoration to the 20,322 customers who remain without power. That means 73 percent of the 76,000 have service back. Of those who remain out, 12,438 are out as a result of circuit lockouts, and OPPD has a full force out working.

Of the more than 430 working out in the field, about 370 are working on restoring power and rebuilding power lines that were badly damaged from the winds Friday night. More than 60 forestry crews continue to cut and clear tree debris, including many established trees that fell victim to the storm. At right, OPPD personnel fanned out across the damage area restoring power. Photo by Joe Comstock/OPPD.

OPPD reminds customers that while crews will trim the trees to safely repair the electric service, homeowners must dispose of the tree debris. Cities have announced drop off sites.

This afternoon, crews from PAR Electric will be joining OPPD and other mutual aid crews already out working. These mutual aid crews include:

  • Loup River Public Power District
  • Southern Power
  • Nebraska Public Power District
  • Lincoln Electric System
  • Ward Electric
  • Watt Electric
  • Sparks
  • L E Meyer
  • PAR Electric

Again, OPPD appreciates the understanding of those who remain out. OPPD and these extra crews are making steady progress.

Sunday, June 18, 11:15 a.m.
Despite the Father’s Day holiday, OPPD crews remained busy Sunday restoring power to customers following a damaging storm that produced two tornadoes in Sarpy County. By mid-day, outage numbers had fallen approximately 70 percent to 23,382 from a high of 76,000 at the peak.

Friday’s storm was particularly damaging compared to more typical storms seen in this area, said OPPD storm manager Ryan Mayberry. Typical storms result in damage only to power poles and lines that deliver electricity from substations to customers’ homes.

This storm, however, also damaged high-voltage transmission structures (tall, “h-frame” towers) that deliver electricity from power plants to substations. OPPD must repair damage at around 2,000 locations throughout our service territory. A typical summer storm results in repairs at around 500 locations.

This storm is the fourth worst storm in 40 years in terms of outages

Sunday, June 18, 8 a.m.
Dozens of OPPD crews, as well as crews from other public power districts and contractors, have begun a third day of restoration.  The June 16 thunderstorm produced two recorded tornadoes in Sarpy County, leaving extensive damage to both distribution and transmission lines. As of this morning, 21,869 customers remained without power.

OPPD officials estimate that most circuit lockouts should be repaired by the end of Monday, while some outages may remain until Wednesday. Many poles were completely broken by the storm and large, high-voltage transmission towers, which deliver power from the power plants to substations, were damaged as well.

Photo by Andrew Roger/OPPD

We appreciate our customers’ patience as we work hard to restore power. We also advise customers without power to make plans that are suitable for their families. This storm is the fourth worst storm in 40 years in terms of outages, with 76,000 without power at the peak.

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.

Paula Lukowski

About Paula Lukowski

Paula Lukowski has more than 35 years of experience in corporate communications, 28 of them at OPPD.

Jodi Baker

About Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.

51 thoughts on “Workers out in force rebuilding, repairing lines; more than 3,500 still without power

  1. Crestview Drive in Meadow Oaks??? All other parts of subdivision are repaired. Can u advise “when”….. Is our lone street tied to Springfield in some way the other folks here are not??? 🙁

    1. Due to the widespread outages and extensive damage, we are unable to give a specific time for restoration. However, we anticipated that circuit restoration work will be substantially completed by end of day Monday. It is possible that your subdivision is tied to multiple circuits. Outages that resulted from damage to the distribution system (like poles and wires) should be substantially restored no later than end of day Wednesday.

      1. Louisville OPPD said the Buffalo Road issue would be done Monday??? Now 7 pm, no power on Crestview Drive. Only 1 pole..saw drawings…with one area for 140 families. Are we being put off….trees are gone on Buffalo Road??? Answer??

        1. Hi Phil. I am so sorry for the difficulties your area is experiencing. I’ve forwarded your comment to our customer care representatives, and they will be in touch with more information.

        2. Hello Phil. I’m so sorry for what your families are dealing with. We know it’s so hard to be without power for this long. I have messaged our customer care team, and somebody should be emailing you shortly!

  2. Really appreciate all the hard work the crews are doing. Anxious to get our power back. But we’re lucky to have family to stay with.

  3. I am mostly disappointed with your services. As a company, who charges its customers so well, you should have been better prepared for such storms/ tornadoes. Also with such expectations of lengthy outages, you should be able to be more specific when power will be restored to different counties/areas so we can then make plans. I work from home. Do I need to make plans for Monday, till Wednesday or later?!? I am also upset because our 2 neighbors to the north have had their power restored since yesterday early afternoon. It is also interesting that one of them works for OPPD. Surprise huh?!? I hope We are out of Nebraska when another such storm hits. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for reaching out, Ann Marie.
      Due to the widespread outages and extensive damage, we are unable to give restoration times for specific neighborhoods. However, we anticipated that circuit restoration work will be substantially completed by end of day Monday. Outages that resulted from damage to the distribution system (like poles and wires) should be substantially restored no later than end of day Wednesday.

  4. I live in Westmont 132nd and Hey 370. Are we in same loop of repairs. Hard to evaluate what we can do with not much communication

    1. Hi, Mike. Thanks for reaching out.
      We are anticipating that much of the circuit restoration will be complete by the end of the day on Monday, with more extensive restoration lasting through Wednesday. We recommend that customers without power take necessary steps appropriate for their families.

  5. If I’m in a neighborhood where only two blocks don’t have power, is it safe to assume I’m low priority and will have to continue to “camp” until Wednesday night?

    1. Thank you for reaching out. We are anticipating that much of the circuit restoration will be complete by the end of the day on Monday, with more extensive restoration lasting through Wednesday. We recommend that customers without power take necessary steps appropriate for their families.

    1. Due to the widespread outages and extensive damage, we are unable to give restoration times for specific areas. However, we anticipated that circuit restoration work will be substantially completed by end of day Monday. Repairs to damaged structures are anticipated to last until Wednesday.

  6. Hi, William. Thanks for reaching out. Our crews are working hard to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. There has been extensive damage to our structures in some areas and repairs may take some time. We anticipate that circuit restoration work will be substantially completed by end of day Monday. Outages that resulted from damage to the distribution system (like poles and wires) should be substantially restored no later than end of day Wednesday.

  7. We did not lose power during the storms, but suddenly lost power Saturday at around 6:20pm??? Neighbors a block south in Turtle seem to have power, and the apartments just to the west have power, so why did we suddenly lose all power yesterday??? Do you know if insurance covers the lose of food from our freezers? I have to be at work at the hospital early Monday and this is very frustrating. I do appreciate the hard work the guys are doing, but don’t understand why we had power, and then when others were getting power back, we lost ours???

    1. Hi, Jeanne. Thanks for reaching out. Sometimes during restoration efforts, debris can shift and take down additional lines. Please report your outage to 1-800-554-OPPD.

  8. Is it possible to let the public know what areas fall under circuit restoration and what areas fall under distribution system repair?

  9. We lost power on Friday and it came back up at 5 Am on Saturday. We lost power again this morning at 8 AM. We are at 192nd and maple and the entire community is out of power. Why did we lose power again after it was restored and when can we expect it back up?

    1. Hi, Rudy. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. Unfortunately, outages can reoccur when debris shifts or repairs are being made elsewhere on the system. Please report this new outage at 1-800-554-OPPD.

  10. Any word on shadowlake near 370 and 84th will be restored? Every single pole was broken. We appreciate the Crews hard work. Grateful for beautiful weather because it makes not having power tolerable until Tue when the temps are suppose to jump back up into the 90’s

    1. Hi Claire. Thank you from the question. I’m sorry your area was hit so hard. We do have contractors working in that area. In addition to the couple hundred OPPD crews out, we have more than a 150 from other utilities helping us get everyone back up as quickly and safely as possible. Sorry about the inconvenience. Take care.

    1. Ann, thank you for the comment. We have crews from a utility outside Nebraska that will be heading to Hanson’s Lake this afternoon. We are sorry about the inconvenience, but we truly appreciate your understanding. We’ve restored 73 percent of the 76,000 outages that resulted from the storm. Unfortunately, that area of Cass and Sarpy counties got hit really hard. Take care, and watch for these crews, who will be part of the more than 150 outside crews helping our couple of hundred crews.

    1. Shawn, I’m sorry your area was hit so hard. I don’t have an anticipated restoration for you at this time, but we do have contractors working in that area. In addition to the couple hundred OPPD crews out, we have more than a 150 from other utilities helping us get everyone back up as quickly and safely as possible. We are sorry about the inconvenience. Take care.

    1. Betty, I’m glad to hear your neighborhood wasn’t hit that hard, but many neighborhoods surrounding you were. Our system is comprised of circuits. A circuit feeds several neighborhoods, sometimes up to 1,000 customers. Trust that we have more than 300 line crews out working and about 60 tree crews. The storm hit about one-third of our 5,000-square-mile territory, so there’s lots of restoration. Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but crews are working hard. Take care.

  11. Due to all the people that don’t have power, are their bills going to reflect a big credit to assist with all the new groceries, generators, and just uncomfortablness. Or is OPPD just going to show het well your bill will probably be lower due to AC units and major appliances not being used. I don’t find that right especially if you have people like me who have damage to their home and then have to pay insurance deductibles along with still not having any power when we are expecting twin boys at any moment. It would be a good and nice gesture to show their next half or even a full bill being paid for or free of charge.

    1. Anthony, I’m sorry you have been impacted by the storm. Utilities can’t control the weather, and unfortunately, this storm was accompanied by two recorded tornadoes, an EF1 and an EF2, in the Bellevue area. In addition to the power equipment, many homes and businesses were significantly damaged by the high winds. 100-year-old trees were uprooted. OPPD has restored 73 percent of the 76,000 outages resulting from this storm; we have all available crews working; we have called in more than 150 linemen from other utilities and contractors. Luckily, this type of storm doesn’t happen often, but we do work with agencies like the Red Cross to suggest people have preparedness plans in case of emergencies. https://stormandoutage.com/2016/12/20/disaster-preparation-kit-creation/. We appreciate your feedback and hope this context is helpful.

      And, congratulations and good luck with the twin boys. That is a blessing. Take care.

  12. I would like to thank OPPD and the other companies assisting that are working around the clock to repair the damage done. Those of you who have not seen all of the poles snapped off right outside two springs and my neighborhood Pipers Glenn should really be thankful for the amount of work these guys are having to put in instead of enjoying Father’s Day with their families! I know I will have power back as soon as it is humanly possible and that’s the best we can hope for. Be thankful you have a house to get power back to.

  13. Just know we appreciate everything you are doing, and all the other companies that have joined the efforts. We may not have power, but most of us have our homes, and our health. I am grateful for that. So I will gladly let you do your job and be patient. As long as it takes so everyone is safe. Thanks so much to everyone involved.

    1. Shelly, thank you for the comments. We will let those who have spent the past three days working on restoration know their efforts are appreciated. Hope you can enjoy the nice weather.

  14. We have a partial outage due to large branch hanging on wire in backyard at 136th just south of Center. Reported Friday shortly after storm passed through. Any idea how long before help arrives. Thank you.

    1. Joleen, thank you for contacting us, and I know you are working with our Call Center. We appreciate your patience. Take care!

    2. Joleen, thank you for contacting us. I know you have beenn in contact with our Call Center. We appreciate your patience! Take care.

  15. We know its been a busy time and the workers are to be commended! My question is, isnt a live down power line in a back yard something to be pretty important? We’ve had that situation since friday night. Its a little scarey to me. thank you

    1. Tana,
      I have forwarded your comment to someone in our Call Center to check. They have customer information and can better inform you. Thank you for sending your comment on the Storm & Outage Center. We appreciate your patience, but we certainly want you safe!

  16. I know your crews are working hard. However it is disheartening after two days plus with no power to see them not working around the clock. Just saw everyone leave from 84 street in Sarpy County one of the hardest hit areas at 8 PM and assume they won’t be back until the morning

    1. Ray,
      We appreciate your acknowledgement that crews are working hard. I’m sorry you are still out. We do have some crews working overnight but we need to rest those who have been at it for long periods for their safety as well as the public’s safety. The work they do is dangerous and strenuous. Many worked all day Friday through late Saturday night. They will be back in full force by 6 a.m., when the sun is up.

  17. I know how hard your employees have been working and the number of hours put in to try to get power back to everyone. To reduce such a high percentage of people without power – with the fact that we had two tornado touch down – is a great accomplishment. And to know that assistance was needed and calling in additional agencies to get the job done as quickly as possible was a testament to how hard you work for us. Thanks for all you do!

    I’m also not sure how you maintain professionalism… Seeing some of the comments on Facebook and here, it’s a whole new level of respect for your employees and work! Please make sure they all k ow they are appreciated!

    1. Dawn, we appreciate your support and faith in us. OPPD’s core values truly come out during emergencies,such as storm restoration. Our core values are we have a passion to serve, we honor our communities, and we care about each other. Our retirees set the groundwork, and we continue to live them proudly as public power employees. Take care!

  18. Our power got turned back on yesterday in the mid morning. Though I was mad because it did not get turned on in the middle of the night like it usually does, I wanted to write a very rude comment but I got to thinking it’s not oppds fault it was the storms. So thier for I want to thank oppd for working so hard and trying to get everyone’s power on as fast as they can. They only have so many people working and working endless hours doing so to make everyone’s living as comfortable as soon as possible. Thank you again for all you your hard work and countless hours. And to the father’s who worked through father’s day happy belated father’s day to you.

    1. Thank you, Olivia, for your kind understanding and your kind words. Our crews appreciate the feedback, especially during tough restoration efforts like this one.

  19. I want to thank the hard working men & women on your OPPD resoration. Today my children & I & the only 7 homes on our block received our electricity back. Even though we lost all the food in frig & two packed large freezers. I am grateful to your company. Because I know there are others that lost more than just food & our prayers go out to those families out there who lost everything.

    1. Lisa, thank you for the note and your understanding. It sounds like you have set a great example for your children. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. Take care.

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