OPPD works fast after power outage from storm

Nearly 4,500 customers affected
Posted at 12:40 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 13:46:38-04

OPPD officials say many people are still without power after a night of heavy rain, wind and lightning.

Crews plan to work all day and well into the evening to quickly restore power in affected neighborhoods, says Ryan Mayberry, manager at the Elkhorn Service Center with the power company.

While the overnight’s storm was not catastrophic, lightning is to blame for leaving nearly 4,500 people without power around the metro and rural areas.

That means no customer work-related calls will be handled Thursday until outages are fixed, he says.

“So kind of like the switch in your house or breaker box in your house - the lightning strikes opens the fuse. So the crews go out, look the system over and makes sure we don't have any damage and then they close those fuses back again," Mayberry says.

With nearly 50 crews restoring power around the metro and rural areas, OPPD expects power to be restored by midnight.