About 384 households were without power Wednesday evening as a result of a Monday morning storm that tore down trees and power lines.
The majority of outages are in Douglas County and are because of problems with individual houses, “so repairs require a tedious house-by-house approach,” the Omaha Public Power District blog said Tuesday.
Power is expected to be restored to the majority of those households before midnight Wednesday, said OPPD spokeswoman Jody Baker. About 52,000 OPPD customers were initially without power after the storm Monday. As of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, OPPD said 384 customers still lacked power. The utility said it was on track to have all power restored by 11 p.m.
With outdoor temperatures reaching the 90s on Tuesday, customers waiting for electricity were becoming hot and frustrated.
Retired teacher Rod Howe said he and his wife were still without power at 9 p.m. Tuesday. A fallen tree took down the power line near Howe's home about 10:30 a.m. Monday. As far as he knows, his home, on 90th Street and Meadow Drive, is the only one without power in his neighborhood.
“I tried to get a hotel room, but everything is booked because of the College World Series,” Howe said.
Howe put some beverages on ice and took the rest of his groceries from the fridge and freezer over to his daughter's apartment so the food wouldn't spoil.
The Howes slept in the basement Monday night and spent most of Tuesday out of the house at locations that have air conditioning. They will spend another night in the basement since they were unable to find a hotel room.
“It was still cool enough in the house to get by on Monday, but it's going to be kind of clammy tonight,” Howe said.
A smaller number of crews worked through Tuesday night. By this morning, a full OPPD force and crews from Nebraska Public Power District, Southern Power District and Lincoln Electric System will work to restore power, OPPD's blog said.
The city is also trying to clean up downed trees. Omaha's two drop-off sites for trees and branches will remain open through Friday.
Carrie Murphy, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jean Stothert, said the sites at Tranquility Park near 120th Street and West Maple Road and a city property at 11th and Locust Streets will accept debris from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no charge for depositing the debris.
Branches can also be cut up into pieces no bigger than 4 feet long and 2 inches in diameter before being placed curbside for weekly trash pickup.
Papillion residents may drop off tree limbs at the River City site at Portal Road just west of 96th Street. Debris will be collected between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. through July 1. Questions should be directed to the Papillion Mayor's Hotline at 402-827-1111.
World-Herald staff writer Kevin Cole contributed to this report.