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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.