Jan 03, 2007
NORTH PLATTE - Thousands of homes in central Nebraska were still without power late Tuesday as crews continue to work long hours to repair poles and power lines damaged in the latest snowstorm.Officials at NPPD report approximately 15,000 homes and businesses remained without power as of Tuesday afternoon. Thousands of poles, hundreds of transformers and nearly 100 substations were impacted by the storm.The worst damage has occurred in south central Nebraska between Lexington and Kearney. According to Gwen Kautz of the Dawson Public Power District, nearly 2,000 poles in their service area have been damaged.“Almost all of our east-west lines from Lexington east have been damaged,” said Kautz, who is the manager of consumer and business services for the Dawson Public Power District.The latest damage is a result of the snowstorm that hit the state late last week rather than the ice storm on Dec. 20. Kautz said less than 100 power poles were damaged in the previous storm. Photo Above: Hundreds of miles of power lines, such as these lying in an icy corn field southwest of Grand Island, Neb., on Tuesday, were knocked down during last weekend's ice storm. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman appealed Tuesday for public patience, saying it may take as long as a month for power to be restored for some Nebraskans. AP / Lane Hickenbottom, The Grand Island Independent
Jan 01, 2007
South Dakota, USA
A little more than a year ago, thousands of South Dakotans were left in the dark for days after an ice storm snapped power poles and lines across the state. This weekend's winter weather didn't create nearly as many problems, but power companies affected last time were still prepared for the worst as the storm moved through.Memories of the devastating winter storm that pulled the plug on much of South Dakota's electricity in November of 2005 came rushing back to power companies as snow and ice fell across much of the state this weekend.