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See a streetlight that’s out? Let OPPD know

September 28, 2021 | Julie Wasson | how does that work, T&D, tips
OPPD needs the public to report when a streetlight goes out.

If there’s a streetlight out in your neighborhood, you might assume that OPPD knows about it and has scheduled a crew to take care of it.

But there is no central database to alert OPPD when a streetlight goes out. That’s why OPPD needs the public’s help.

And this year, the July 10 storms that caused a record number of power outages and widespread tree damage in the OPPD service territory also caused hundreds of additional streetlight outages.

OPPD crews and contractors are working diligently to get those lights turned back on. Sometimes the fixes are as simple as replacing a bulb, but other times, crews may need to dig up underground cables to make the needed repairs.

So if there’s a streetlight out in your neighborhood, be sure to report it to OPPD using any of these channels:

  • Online at
  • By phone at 800-554-OPPD (6773)
  • On your mobile device by downloading OPPDConnect for iOS or Android.

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About Julie Wasson

Julie Wasson is the brand journalism strategist at Omaha Public Power District and the editor of The Wire. She has more than 25 years of print journalism and social media experience, including two stints at the Omaha World-Herald.

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