June 2017 storm showcased mutual aid spirit

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A crew from Loup Public Power District lend a hand in the restoration efforts in the south rural area of OPPD's service territory. Photo by Andrew Roger/OPPD

OPPD belongs to the Public Power Mutual Aid Network. In the past, OPPD has sent crews to locations as far as New York City, Louisiana and Mississippi to help restore power to strangers. Shortly after the June 16, 2017, storm, OPPD requested mutual aid.

That storm was the fourth-most damaging storm in the utility’s history in terms of outages. At its peak, 76,500 customers were without power. Shortly after the storm hit, OPPD activated its storm team and declared a Level 2 storm. The damage was widespread over the utility’s 5,000-square-mile service area, causing 57 distribution circuit lockouts and 12 transmission circuit lockouts.

Crews from Nebraska, Iowa and from as far away as Alabama responded to help OPPD restore power after two tornadoes from the storm caused millions of dollars in damage.

The Public Power Mutual Aid Network has 952 members ready to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries following widespread power outages.


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.

2 thoughts on “June 2017 storm showcased mutual aid spirit”

  1. Thank you to all of the people that helped get the power up and going again. The weather was pretty hot and humid during this time which made it even harder. THANK YOU!

    1. Cecelia,
      Thank you for the kind note. We are proud of the work our crews did, as well as the work by mutual aid and contractors and the hundreds of others who make up or Storm Team. It turned out to be our fourth-worst ever storm in terms of outages in our 70-year history, covering one-third of our 5,000-square-mile territory. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

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