With ongoing flooding, OPPD continues protective measures

Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.

OPPD has been and continues to take precautions to protect its critical infrastructure and the reliability of its electrical system as a result of flooding that is occurring in southeast Nebraska and neighboring states.  

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OPPD has processes and procedures in place to ensure the safety of the public, our employees and contractors. Safety remains the top priority

As such, OPPD activated its Business Continuity Plan on Wednesday, March 13, to monitor the situation and take preventive measures. In addition, OPPD crews remain ready to deal with power outages should they occur.

The OPPD service territory remains in a flood watch. Flooding could persist through the weekend and into next week. Pictured above, OPPD employees pitched in to place protective barriers around several OPPD facilities on Friday.

Law enforcement and emergency management personnel have evacuated some communities and requested that OPPD shut off power as a safety precaution. As of 8 p.m., 480 have been disconnected due to such requests. In these areas, OPPD will not be able to turn power back on until flooding subsides, law enforcement deems it safe to return to these neighborhoods and safety inspections can be done.

If power outages occur in areas that are not impacted by flooding, OPPD asks these customers to please report outages either online or by calling 800-554-6773. Travel in some areas may be restrictive due to flooding.

5:30 a.m.

OPPD remains on high alert with challenges posed by the winds and flooding.  Safety of employees and the public remain the top priority. OPPD crews remain ready to deal with scattered outages, and other employees are monitoring flooding along waterways with OPPD facilities and equipment.

The OPPD service territory remains in a flood watch. Flooding could persist through the weekend for many streams and into next week for the Missouri River.

If you lose your power, please contact OPPD either online or by calling 800-554-6773. travel in some areas may be restrictive due to flooding. Check our outage map for  areas impacted by power outages. The map refreshes every 15 minutes.

As always, stay away from downed power lines and report them to 911 or OPPD at 800-554-6773.

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Thursday, March 14, 2:45 p.m. – Winds are picking up around the OPPD service territory and Gov. Pete Ricketts has issued an Emergency Declaration in light of what could be historic flooding for the eastern part of the state. Nebraska is experiencing widespread severe weather with blizzards in the Panhandle and heavy rains and flooding elsewhere.

The National Weather Service in Valley reported wind gusts up to 46 mph in Omaha.

The OPPD service territory remains in a flood watch. Flooding could persist through the weekend for many streams and into next week for the Missouri River.

Thursday, March 14, 10:20 a.m. – Rains continue across the OPPD service territory and the National Weather Service (NWS) warns of continued flooding for much of the region through the weekend and possibly into next week.

All 13 counties in OPPD’s service territory remain under a flood watch.

In addition to rains, heavy winds are expected to pick up later today with gusts possibly reaching 50 to 60 mph. High winds bring the possibility of power outages. NWS forecasts the rain will switch over to light snow later today for the OPPD service territory.

OPPD is monitoring  the flooding and taking action dictated by our standing procedures to ensure we safely provide power to our customers.

People should continue to take caution in low-lying areas typically prone to flooding over the next couple of days and never attempt to drive through a flooded roadway. Always remember: safety first.

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