Nebraska Public Power District has a big repair job ahead of it, as a possible tornado and severe thunderstorm winds brought down part of a major transmission line in Jefferson County, last night. NPPD spokesman Mark Becker says the repairs are not as pressing an issue, because the pumping station for the pipeline is not operational, yet. About 220 customers of NPPD lost electricity during the severe storms.
“We had about three communities..220 customers out due to the storm conditions, so it was sort of scattered..I think that we got everyone back on through early morning, the last one went on about 3:40 this morning.”
Norris Public Power District spokesperson Andrea Schafer says the district began getting reports of outages at around 6:30 pm, Thursday. Schafer says the major transmission line owned by NPPD brought down some distribution lines of Norris, when it fell. Schafer says Norris had some other outages farther east. Schafer estimates a total of one thousand Norris customers were without electricity, for some period of time. Norris and NPPD crews were scheduled to meet today to assess damage and repairs.
(Thanks to Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice)