Linemen Restore Power and Rebuild Infrastructure After Destructive Nebraska Storm

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Thunderstorms and two tornadoes hit Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD's) service territory recently, knocking down lines, twisting transmission towers, and inflicting significant power outages. Linemen from not only OPPD, but also nationwide, came to help restore power and rebuild downed lines and damaged towers. This photo gallery shows the destruction caused by the storm as well as how linemen worked together to swiftly restore power to OPPD's customers.

Thunderstorms and two tornadoes hit Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD's) service territory recently, knocking down lines, twisting transmission towers, and inflicting significant power outages. As this video produced by OPPD shows, linemen from not only OPPD, but also nationwide, came to help restore power and rebuild downed lines and damaged towers. This photo gallery shows the destruction caused by the storm as well as how linemen worked together to swiftly restore power to OPPD's customers.

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Preparing for the Big Storm

Following a severe storm or emergency, OPPD activates its storm team, which consists of field crews, damage assessment, communications, call center support, logistic, safety, IT, forestry personnel, among others.

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Restoring Power

Two tornadoes touched down in Bellevue, Nebraska, causing significant damage to homes and power structures and resulting in 76,500 outages.

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Working to Turn the Lights Back On

Following the storm, which affected about 20 percent of OPPD's customers, crews worked long shifts to get everyone back online.

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Twisted Towers

At its peak of the storm, 76,500 OPPD customers were out of power, making it the utility's fourth most destructive storm ever in terms of outages.

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