Update: NPPD Restores Third Transmission Line Thursday

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Heavy rain dumped by a string of storms that pounded eastern Nebraska caused street flooding and power outages in many cities and towns.

Thousands of people lost power during the storms that spawned tornadoes and straight-line wind gusts of more than 70 mph.

Thursday afternoon restoration work on a power line between Geneva and McCool was completed and the line re-energized, leaving only one of NPPD’s high-voltage transmission lines out of service from this past Sunday’s storms.

The final line between McCool and Hallam, will take several weeks to rebuild. NPPD expects to have this line energized by July 1. Clean-up work on that line is underway and will continue over the weekend.

Preliminary costs for restoration for all four lines damaged by the storm are $16.9 million.

NPPD distribution crews restored power to the electric distribution system in Sutton and are expected to complete all their work by the end of the day Wednesday. NPPD had moved a mobile generator into Sutton Monday that was removed after the Sutton substation was returned to service yesterday afternoon.

Damage to multiple power lines have been reported, including downed lines across highways and country roads. Crews are working to secure and remove those lines.

Damaged areas include lines or substations in or around McCool, Geneva, Hallam, Davey, Wahoo, and Sutton

Also affected by these various lines being out were substations operated by South Central, Perennial, Seward County, and Norris Public Power Districts.

In York, lightning reportedly struck, affecting power to 1574 customers for approximately 39 minutes. Repairs were completed Monday morning.

Earlier in the day, 976 customers were without power in Milford as a result of a thunderstorm that hit at approximately 7:42 a.m. All customers were restored by 9 a.m.

The public is encouraged to stay away from any downed power line and they should be treated as if they were still carrying electricity. Drivers should not attempt to cross the lines and if the public observes a downed line, call 877-275-6773.