NPPD started early this morning with approximately 8,800 customers across the state without power.
Through approximately 3:30 p.m. that number was reduced to approximately 757 without power. NPPD has restored power in Lexington, Oakland, Norfolk, Aurora, Geneva, Plattsmouth, McCook, Meadow Grove, and Tilden. There may be some customers who remain without power that may have suffered damage to the service head that connects with the distribution grid. Repair work must be done by an electrician. There are also some smaller communities in he southeast part of the state that NPPD serves at retail that have been restored but some customers may face the same service head issues.
NPPD still as approximately 111 customers in Kearney that need to be restored. Crews from Plattsmouth and South Sioux City are working to restore Plattsmouth but still have roughly 550 customers without power. Crews plan to work as long as possible Saturday but may have to resume work on Sunday to complete restoration.
Interstate 80 was opened up earlier this afternoon, with the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol, and Highway 14 is now open. Transmission crews also patrolled county roads between Grand Island and McCool Junction removed any transmission line on those roadways to make them safe and passable. Restoration work on the Grand Island to McCool 345 kilovolt transmission line will begin on Monday. NPPD’s Doniphan Control Center was able to reroute the electric load when line’s 84 structures collapsed during the storm Friday night due to high winds.
Also the Union Pacific Rail Line west of Aurora was re-opened by NPPD crews.
There will be an update on Kearney and Plattsmouth Sunday afternoon.