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Saturday, June 17, 2017

City of Bellevue Storm Update

Saturday, June 17th 8:30am

 

The City of Bellevue is continuing to assess the damage from last night's storm which did significant damage to portions of our city and jurisdiction. City Leaders met this morning with Public Safety and Public Works personnel and the current focus is on clearing the streets from debris to make them passable for OPPD to continue to work on restoring power to the affected areas and so emergency personell can respond to any possible calls. City crews are also working to identify all downed powerlines and secure them until OPPD crews can get to them. OPPD continues to urge caution around impacted areas, as there are many reports of downed lines and lines tangled amongst the downed tree limbs. Always stay away from downed lines, as they could be live and high voltage. 

OPPD is working around the clock to restore power in the affected areas. They are bringing in external crews this morning from Nebraska Public Power District, Loup River Public Power District and Southern Public Power District to help OPPD with the large restoration effort. Please follow their progress at https://stormandoutage.com/outage-center/ and the City of Bellevue urges citizens to be patient as they work to restore this power as quickly and safely as possible.

The City's Tree Dump on Cedar Island Road and Rose Lane has been open through the night and will remain open indefinitely for residents and street crews to dispose of trees. The tree dump will be manned from 8am to at least 3pm for the next few days for residents that need assistance.

The Bellevue Police and Fire Departments have informed us that there have been no serious injuries reported from last night's storm at this point and they will continue to respond to any emergencies that arise. Since there are still a number of intersections without power, the Bellevue Police Department reminds travelers to Treat all intersections without power as a FOUR WAY STOP!

The Bellevue Public Schools has reported that the Lied Activity is open until 5pm today for anyone that needs a shower, some A/C, or a charging station.

City of Bellevue crews will continue to work throughout the weekend to continue to assess the situation and start the cleanup process. Please continue to be safe while cleaning up storm damage in your area and the City will provide further updates as warranted.

 

 

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