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OPPD provides updates on power restoration efforts following storm

Posted at 4:02 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 22:12:12-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Public Power District provided updates on its power restoration efforts on Wednesday.

OPPD said as of Wednesday afternoon, fewer than 10,000 customers remain without power following a severe storm last weekend.

At its peak, 188,000 customers were without power after the storm. It marked the largest number of power outages caused by a storm in the metro in years.

"We’ve never had so many customers out as a result of a storm," said OPPD President Javier Fernandez. "This is the largest storm that we’ve had measure by number of customers that have been out.”

OPPD estimates 96.3% of customers will have their power restored by the end of work on Wednesday. That figure jumps to 98.9% after Thursday and 99.5% after Friday. Restoration work is expected to be finished on Saturday.

More than 900 workers are currently in the field helping to get people’s power back on, OPPD said. Many out of state crews have been rotating into the region to lend a hand to the crews at home.

“Even though we’ve lost some crews, we’ve added more than we’ve lost, and today we have more than 900 people restoring power," Fernandez said.

Hundreds more are helping to coordinate efforts behind the scenes.

OPPD also urges customers to keep their contact information up to date so they can be reached with any updates. Customers can visit this website to update their contact information.

Watch the latest OPPD update below or on our Facebook page.

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