Monday’s restoration work was hampered by wet and windy conditions, but better conditions have returned on Tuesday. Four transmission lines remain out of service with two of those expected to be restored later in the day.
The Sutton to Hastings Energy Center 115 kV line has reported two structures down and several in need of straightening. The line is expected to be re-energized by Tuesday night.
The McCool to Hallam 345 kV line has reported 99 wood structures and two steel structures were damaged. The repair work spans about 15 miles and preliminary estimates to return the line to service are at six to eight weeks. The damaged structure and wire need to be removed and debris and materials need to be removed from all county roads before repair work can begin.
Damage to the Davey to Wahoo 115 kV line includes three downed structures and several in need of straightening. Crews anticipate they will re-energize the line by Tuesday afternoon.
The Geneva to McCool 115kV line suffered damage to 39 structures and clean-up work is underway. The line is expected to be restored by Sunday evening.
NPPD distribution crews are assisting in restoration of the electric distribution system in Sutton and will continue throughout the week until completed. The company moved mobile generation into Sutton Monday night to provide a source of power.
NPPD is working on a preliminary cost figure to repair the damage and coordinating work with several rural public power districts that are working to restore power to their customers. Next update will be Wednesday morning.