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(Neb)-Chadron Power Outage 1:00 AM Tonight  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/17/2017 09:46 AM
CHADRON -  Nebraska Public Power District will be shutting off all the power to Chadron for maintenance work at the Chadron sub-station for an expected 4-hours starting at 1:00 tonight. The outage will also affect some Northwest Rural Public Power District customers west of Chadron.

      There was a similar outage in March, but NPPD spokesman Mark Becker says that one was the result of a more-or-less emergency situation at a nearby substation for WAPA - the federal Western Area Power Authority - while this one at the Chadron substation is the result of the regular, albeit infrequent, replacement of equipment...allowing more time for planning and notification.

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Becker says NPPD is also taking advantage of the power being off to do some other projects at the substation, too.

    Becker say only a few businesses will be affected and NPPD has been in contact with them since the middle of last week to try to lessen the impact on them

    Northwest Rural Public Power District says fewer than 190 of its customers whose service is routed through the Chadron substation will be affected.

      Its outage area is along Hwy 385 from Highway 20 to the South Dakota border and along the Dead Horse Road area southwest of Chadron. Northwest Rural is backfeeding from other substations to shrink the impacted area.

      Becker has the same suggestions for dealing with the outage as in March: have a flashlight available for emergency lighting, turn off any electrical equipment - especially computers - before the power goes out, and avoid opening refrigerators and freezers while the power is out to keep them as cold as possible.

      Becker says if the weather tonight is uncooperative, the backup date will tomorrow night-Wednesday morning also at 1:30 am.


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