Omaha Public Power District exceeded its Friday goal of 99.5% restoration for those customers left without power following the powerful July 10 wind event.
As of 3:30 p.m., fewer than 300 customers are without power, down from a peak of 188,000 when the high-winds caused widespread damage in our area early Saturday morning. Customers who lost power in the initial storm are back online. Most of the remaining 240 outages began Monday, July 12, as an after-effect of the storm. Trees, branches, and other infrastructure that was weakened in the storm system have given way since then, causing more than 5,200 additional outages in total.
"We are very glad to be very close to wrapping up work to restore power to the more than 188,000 customers who were impacted by last Saturday's storm," CEO Javier Fernandez said.
"This was an historic event, and we are grateful for the patience and support our customers have shown throughout the week. We're also humbled by the relentless, heroic efforts of the hundreds of women and men who helped safely restore customers' power."
We have 925 workers still in the field today, both from OPPD and mutual aid support organizations. These “boots on the ground” range from damage assessment and downed wire crews to tree crews and line techs.
The large number of those in the field is representative of the length of time it is taking to clear trees, untangle and unbury wires and equipment, and make repairs. A single job could take hours, only restoring a small number of customers. We are continuing to work around-the-clock for our customers.
“Each storm event we face is unique, and we learn from every single one. We’ll learn from this event, and we’ll continue to get better,” Fernandez said. “Given the challenges this storm presented, I’m thankful we were able to restore power safely and with quality.”
If you are still without power or lost power, again, and have not reported the problem, please do so as soon as possible so that OPPD is aware and can respond. You can report by visiting OPPD.com or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).
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Also, please be sure OPPD has your current contact information in the event we need to reach you about the status of your power outage. You can do so by visiting OPPD.com/KeepCurrent.
Keep in mind, some customers may still need to hire a credible, licensed and bonded electrician to complete repairs to the homeowner’s portion of electric infrastructure before OPPD can finish their work.
We also want to remind our customers that it is critical to stay at least 20-feet away from downed power lines. Always assume they are live, high-voltage and extremely dangerous. You can report downed lines to OPPD, if you have not done so already, by calling 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).
Please visit www.stormandoutage.com for the latest outage numbers, restoration progress updates and safety guidance. And keep in mind, these numbers may fluctuate based upon the potential for new outages that are unrelated to this past weekend’s weather.