NPPD crews working to restore power in Kearney

April 9, 2013

Following early morning storm

Kearney, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District’s line crews are restoring power to customers after early morning thunderstorms and high winds Tuesday morning damaged approximately 40 sub-transmission line structures and some distribution structures in the Kearney area.

As of 1 p.m. approximately 100 customers remain without service, after reaching a peak of nearly 1,700 out of service during the height of the storm. As always, NPPD follows an Emergency Response Plan to deal with the return of service to its customers. Besides Kearney-based crews, additional transmission and distribution colleagues from other NPPD operations are enroute to assess the damage to the electric system, begin repairs, and accelerate restoration.

“NPPD crews are working quickly and safely to restore power to our customers,” said NPPD Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. “We ask the public to stay out of areas where there are downed power lines and allow our trained crews to handle the removal. The public needs to understand that there is a possibility that these lines are still ‘live’ or electrically charged.”

NPPD also reminds the public of these safety tips while outage restoration continues:

  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, or furnace.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when your power is restored.
  • Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep your food as fresh as possible.

Customers are also encouraged to follow NPPD on Twitter and Facebook and receive notifications regarding power outage updates. Visit nppd.com to check out our Storm Center.