Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District line technicians are providing mutual aid to hard hit areas of Stanton County and northeastern Nebraska following Monday’s devastating tornadoes. Crews are assisting with the restoration of sub-transmission and distribution lines with line crews from Stanton County Public Power District and Northeast Nebraska Public Power District
Line technicians from South Sioux City, O’Neill, and Ainsworth are assisting Stanton County and lineman from Norfolk, Tilden, Ainsworth, Ogallala, and McCook are assisting Northeast Nebraska as part of the restoration.
“Always there when you need us is NPPD’s motto. And our linemen are stepping in to give whatever assistance we can to our fellow public power districts,” said Transmission and Distribution Manager John Humphrey. NPPD transmission line crews are also in the midst of making repairs to three damaged lines of their own.
One steel lattice tower on the Hoskins substation to the Raun substation 345-kV transmission line was destroyed by the tornado. NPPD plans to have a temporary structure in place so that the line can be reenergized. Damage was also reported on the Twin Church substation (west of Dakota City) to Hoskins substation 230-kV line where eight wooden structures were damaged. NPPD estimates return to service to this line late Sunday. The Stanton North substation to Stanton substation 115-kV line has two miles of wire on the ground. The estimated return to service for this line is the end of June.
A helicopter is being utilized by NPPD for overall damage assessment.
NPPD’s retail customers, approximately 1,350, were also impacted by the storms with outages in Wakefield and Norfolk. Power to both communities has been restored.