NPPD sending lineman to Sioux Falls to help with blizzard relief

NORFOLK – The winter storm that blew through Nebraska this week has crippled portions of South Dakota.

Over 12,000 people are without power after almost 30″ of snow fell in portions of the state, and Nebraskans will be pitching in to help them get back online.

Thirteen line technicians departed from the Nebraska Public Power District Centralized Customer Care Center in Norfolk en route to Sioux Falls to assist in Xcel Energy. Xcel put out a request for mutual aid after thousands found themselves without power Thursday.

Officials with NPPD said that they believe they have Nebraska’s needs from this week’s storm met well enough in order to spare the 13 lineworkers for mutual aid.

The technicians hail from Ainsworth, Aurora, Bloomfield, Hartington, Kearney, Lexington, Loup City, Norfolk, O’Neill, Plattsmouth, South Sioux City and York.