All customers have now had their power restored from this morning’s outage. The outage was restored shortly before 3 p.m.
The Tuesday morning outage in the midtown Omaha area occurred while an OPPD line crew was testing electrical equipment in the area 52nd and Leavenworth streets. During the course of testing, an arc flash occurred, injuring two of the line workers, who were transported by ambulance to the hospital. Their injuries are not life threatening.
An arc flash is when electricity finds an unintended path to the ground. OPPD Safety personnel are on the scene and in the early stages of investigating the incident. There are about 100 customers still without power this afternoon. A switch must be replaced before power is restored. The estimated restoration time for those customers is 6 p.m., barring and unforeseen incidents.
The majority of the Midtown Omaha outage has been restored. About 100 customers will remain without power until a switch can be replaced. Those customers are expected to be restored by 4 p.m., barring any unforeseen incidents.
The cause of the outage is being investigated.
More than 900 customers are without power in the Midtown Omaha area. The circuit serving them locked out at 10:32 a.m. The impacted area spans from University Drive North to Pacific Street and from University Drive West to 46th Avenue.
We will post more information as we receive it from the field.