OPPD crews steadily restoring storm-related outages

8:30 p.m., June 11, 2021

Customer outages are now down to 57. The remaining outages involve precise, tedious work, with many individual repairs needed to bring power back for a few at a time.

Our crews continue working toward the goal of having all of those who were impacted by this morning’s storms, restored by 10 p.m.

We thank our customers for their patience following this weather event. We know it’s hot, and it’s not easy to be without power. Please know we are working as safely as we quickly can to bring the lights (and the air conditioning) back on.

6 p.m.

The majority of the outages from the storm that blew through this morning have been restored. Fewer than 100 customer are without power at this time, most of them in Douglas County.

Our troubleshooting and repair crews are continuing restoration work. They expect all will have power, again, by 10 p.m., barring any unforeseen problems.

3:30 p.m.

240 customers are without power this afternoon, as OPPD crews continue troubleshooting outages caused by the thunderstorm system that impacted a swath of eastern Nebraska this morning.

Some rural outages, near Tecumseh and south of Auburn, require additional resources to address, as several are spread across a wide area. Closer to Omaha, pockets in the eastern part of the city and areas of Bellevue continue experiencing scattered outages, mainly due to downed tree limbs.

Troubleshooters and line crews from OPPD will continue working down these outages until all power is safely restored.

12:40 p.m.

OPPD crews are steadily removing downed tree limbs and working through other disruptions caused by this morning’s storm system. Around 1,400 customers remain without power across the service territory.

More than 20 OPPD teams are working to restore outages safely and quickly. They have restored all circuit lockouts, and are now investigating and repairing damaged equipment and downed cables as necessary.

Please report power outages or other disruptions as they occur by calling 1-800-554-6773, using the OPPD Connect app, or online at oppd.com.

10:50 a.m.

Troubleshooters found a large tree down in the primary power lines located around 88th and Harney streets. A crew is on their way to assist with removing the tree and repair the power line.

The estimated restoration time for the affected circuit around West Dodge, Poppleton, 84th and 93rd has been set at 2 p.m.

Crews have been busy. They also fully restored the circuit outage in Sarpy County bound by Child and Potter roads, Ridgewood and Fort Crook. Trees were again the culprits in numerous locations in that area.

At this time, the total outage number is down to 1,652 customers from a high just an hour ago of more than 5,000.

10:40 a.m.

The majority of the outage around Military Road and West Maple was restored at 10:14 a.m. The cause was a large tree that was down in the primary power lines. A tree-trimming crew is on their way to remove the tree. A line crew is right behind them to repair damaged equipment.

The estimated restoration time for the remaining outage is 2 p.m. A total of 93 customers remain affected.

10:30 a.m.

Additional crews have been called in to assist with outages after a thunderstorm moved through the area this morning. Seven line crews are joining troubleshooters in support of the restoration.

As the weather quiets down, outage numbers are diminishing. A total of 2,853 customers remain without power. Crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible.

9:45 a.m.

A new circuit outage, this time in Sarpy County, has increased the total number of customers without power to 4,302. The latest circuit to lock out affects an area bound by Childs Road to the north, Potter Road to the south, Ridgewood Drive to the east and Fort Crook Road to the west. The circuit affects 1,488 customers.

OPPD personnel are on their way to assess the latest outage as safely and quickly as possible in current weather conditions.

9:35 a.m.

A second circuit lockout has occurred due to the severe weather moving through the area. A total of 2,378 customers are now without power. The new outage area is bound by West Dodge Road on the north, Poppleton Avenue on the south, 84th Street on the east and 93rd Avenue on the west.

Two additional OPPD troubleshooters are on their way to investigate as safely as possible in the current weather conditions.

If you have an outage, please report it by calling 1-800-554-6773 or online at oppd.com.

Friday, June 11, 9:25 a.m.

As thunderstorms roll into the OPPD service territory, we are seeing some outages occur. The largest one, affecting 2,311 customers, occurred at 9:11 a.m. Two OPPD troubleshooters are currently on their way to patrol the equipment and identify a cause.

Until a cause is determined, an estimated restoration time of 11 a.m. has been put in place. The affected area is bound by Military Road to the north, West Maple Road to the south, 78th Street to the east and 96th Street to the west.

If you have an outage, please report it by calling 1-800-554-6773 or online at oppd.com.

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.