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ice lines
Crews make repairs to poles and distribution lines damaged during a winter storm near Tecumseh in November, 2009.

WHAT IS IT?  The amount of ice – in inches – OPPD’s transmission lines are designed to handle. Transmission lines are also designed to handle winds of up to 90 miles-per-hour – the equivalent of a weak EF1 tornado.

Ice and freezing rain places additional weight and strain on power lines and support structures. That’s why OPPD’s structures are designed to handle the extreme weather conditions that are common in the Midwest.

ice lines

Jason Kuiper

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, most of that time spent at the Omaha World-Herald. Her experience allows her to tell the stories of OPPD and its employees through both infographics and her writing.

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