Omaha Public Power District crews have their work cut out for them. Spokesperson Laura King-Homan says the constant rain caused multiple outages Monday morning.
King-Homan says, “We believe that most of our outages have been caused by heavy, wet trees falling into the lines due to the heavy rain and winds.”
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 50 and 60 mph Monday morning.
King-Homan says crews have been out since early this morning working to get the power back on. Lightning slowed their work late Monday morning as crews cannot work under those conditions.
Early Monday, about 12,000 customers were without service. At 11 a.m., that number was down to about 5,000.
King-Homan says there have been dozens of reports of downed power lines. She says, “If they encounter a downed power line, because we have seen reports of that, they should stay away and call 911 and assume that all wires that are down are still energized.”
The majority of the outages are reported in Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties.