Nebraska Officials Say Storm Recovery Progressing

Nebraska Officials Say Storm Recovery Progressing
Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth unloading downed branches....his fifth pickup load.

BEATRICE – Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency say Nebraska is progressing on recovering from severe storm damage that happened Friday night.

In the Beatrice and Lincoln areas, Norris Public Power reported 2,000 people without power in Gage and Lancaster Counties as of 6:00am Saturday, and by 1:30pm, the number was reduced to fewer than 1,200 customers without power.  A severe storm moved through Gage County from Clatonia to Beatrice to Wymore according to Tim Stutzman, Gage County emergency manager.  A mountain of downed tree limbs was growing early Sunday morning as residents continued to bring downed trees and branches to a city drop-off site, northwest of the municipal auditorium.

There are some damaged houses and vehicles due to fallen limb or trees.  There are a few houses with shingle damage from winds.  Gage County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Stutzman says power is mostly restored to Beatrice except for a few isolated streets at this time.  In Clatonia, a mobile home had roof damage and the inhabitants are with the family.  All of Clatonia was without power due to a down power pole west of town on Highway 41.  Wymore has tree damage and Big Indian reservoir there were some RV trailers toppled and some with tree damage.   In other areas…..

Douglas County

Douglas County Emergency Management Agency Paul Johnson reported that Douglas County had no significant damage although there was a lot of tree damage, with branches and green debris in the streets.  His biggest concern for the Omaha Metro will be getting power restored because of high temperatures and humidity.  As of 4:35pm  Saturday, OPPD reported it had 7,600 customers without power.  In addition, power was out at the Papio Wastewater Treatment Facility. 

Region 5-6-Dodge and Washington Counties

Emergency Management Director Bill Pook reported most power was restored in Arlington.  There were people 76 without power.  The streets have been cleared.  In Dodge County, 900 customers were still without power affecting the towns of Nickerson, Winslow, and Hooper.  Lack of power may affect a lift station/lagoon in Nickerson.

Sarpy County

Several highways were closed because of downed power lines and trees.  Nearly 14,300 OPPD customers are without power are in Sarpy County as of 4:30pm, Saturday.  There were no reports of injuries or fatalities in Sarpy County.  The National Weather and the Sarpy County Emergency Management Agency are doing site visits to the area with heavy structural damage including Hyda Hills and Normandy.

Wayne County

One or possibly two tornadoes impacted southwestern Wayne County and the Village of Hoskins.  The tornadoes caused substantial tree damage, power line damage, and damage to some out buildings and grain bins.  An emergency operations center was activated in Hoskins for a few hours Friday evening.  Wayne County Emergency Management is continuing to monitor the recovery progress.


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