(Neb)**Chadron Power Outage Now Scheduled For 7:30 PM Wed
CHADRON - Nebraska Public Power District will try again tonight starting to replace faulty equipment at a Chadron substation and at 7:30 will turn off the power to the entire city and some surrounding areas served by Northwest Rural Public Power District
NPPD Spokesman Mark Becker says the outage should last about 3-hours but could be longer if crews run into any problems. He recommends backing up any computer files, turning off and even unplugging electronic devices and appliances.
NPPD began contacting businesses and schools - but not KCSR/KBPY - a little after 3:00 yesterday to say that a piece of equipment of WAPA - the federal Western Area Power Administration - needed to be replaced as soon as possible and would require shutting off all the electricity to the town.
No time was given for the outage because a WAPA crew was en route from Gering to replace the bus supporter. Once the crew did arrive, the outage was scheduled for 5:00, but the WAPA crew discovered it didn't have the needed materials for the project and it was cancelled.
Local NPPD officials, concerned that not replacing the equipment could result in a catastrophic failure of the system, arranged for their employees to work with the WAPA crew and the shutdown was rescheduled for 8:00 but once again ran into problems and did not happen.
WAPA is one of NPPD's wholesale power providers and Becker says a second, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, became involved overnight. Northwest Rural came on board when it became clear some of its customers near Chadron would also be affected by the outage.
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