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NNPPD reports major damage from ice storm

WAYNE, Neb. (KTIV) -- We know last week's ice storm put parts of Siouxland in the dark and kept many people homebound. It was also expensive.

The Northeast Nebraska Public Power District estimates their damages from the storm topped one million dollars, that includes the cost of equipment and manpower.

While crews worked 16 hour shifts in miserable conditions, a Wayne command center kept track of the 4,500 outages along 3,000 miles of electric line. The damage was so widespread that crews didn't finish restoring power until today.

"This has been the most severe since I've been here for seven years, and our lineman that have been here a long time said this is the worst ice they've seen in a generation," said NNPPD General Manager Mark Schults.

At its peak last Friday, half of the company's 8,3000 customers were out of power, but the power company actually went into outage mode last Wednesday morning. Road maintainers had to dig out the roads so crews could get to the broken and burned wires.

The NNPPD has 25 full-time linemen. Sixty-five came in from across the state to help their team.

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