NPPD Estimates Nearly $17 Million to Restore Lines Damaged by Storms


Two major electric transmission lines damaged in Sunday's storms have been repaired, but more work continues on two lines stretching from the McCool Junction area.

The Nebraska Public Power District said Wednesday that it had restored power to transmission lines between Sutton and Hastings and between Davey and Wahoo. NPPD had moved a mobile generator into Sutton on Monday, but were able to remove it after the Sutton substation was returned to service Tuesday.

NPPD says it still has two other transmission lines to repair. The McCool to Hallam line is expected to take an estimated six to eight weeks as over 99 wooden and two steel steel structures were damaged. Meanwhile restoration work has begun on the line from Geneva to McCool and is expected to be restored this weekend.

The repairs to all four lines will cost roughly $17 million.

Those major transmission lines generally deliver power to smaller utilities that serve individual homes and businesses across the state.

In heavily damages areas, those smaller utilities are still working to repair all the damage from Sunday's tornadoes.