OPPD prepared to deal with string of 100-degree days

Excessive heat continues through Saturday for southeast Nebraska and western Iowa, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Valley, Neb. See the NWS graphic below.

heat wave graphicHeat index values will peak from 100 to 113 during the mid- to late-afternoon each day, with oppressive night-time lows.

When a heat wave hangs around the service territory, OPPD holds extra crews to cover calls into the evening. This includes warehouse employees who ensure replacement equipment is on-hand if needed.

OPPD does that so it can provide a quicker response and get the power on faster. “We don’t want our customers to suffer long in the heat,” said Aaron Smith, Director of Operations for OPPD.

Overexposure to the heat can lead to heat-related illnesses. When power outages occur during times like this, OPPD urges customers and employees working in the field to heed to heat safety warnings.