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OPPD Working to Restore Power After Two Storms

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OMAHA (KPTM) - As of 11 Thursday night 40,000 customers were without power in the Omaha metro. Over 22,000 Mid American Energy customers in Iowa were reported.

OPPD personnel are expected to continue working around the clock until everyone is back online.

The public is advised to avoid all down wires and to treat them as though they were still energized. 

To report any downed lines call OPPD at 1-800-554-6773.

To help people ditch downed trees, the Council Bluffs recycling center is offering a free disposal service through Monday.

The center will be open until 3pm Saturday and 6pm Monday.

For questions, contact the CBRC at (712) 328-4985 or look for updates at www.cbrecycles.com.

Branches and logs up to 24" in diameter shall be cut no longer than 10' in length. Branches and logs 24" up to 36" in diameter shall be cut no longer than 6' in length. Branches and logs 36" and larger in diameter shall be cut no longer than 4' in length. All loads of branches and logs not cut to specifications and/or containing metal, garbage or stumps with excessive amounts of dirt may be refused. 

Thursday night heavy rain, winds, and large hail hit the metro. Highway 30 East of Blair is covered in water.

Sandbags are lined up and down the highway and is keeping the water on the road. There was a long line of cars waiting to cross into Iowa. A second round of storms made the bridge impassable.

Drivers in Omaha also so bad driving conditions. The large hail and strong winds made it hard for some drivers to see the road and forced them to seek shelter.

Ida Bryant was one of those drivers. "I got scared and she got scared also so we decided to pull over and wait it out. We couldn't see where we were going in front of us so we didn't want to take any chances to get in an accident so we decided to pull over and wait it out for a little bit," she said.

Eppley Airfield has been shut down due to the storms. The large hail broke several windshields in the airport's parking lots.

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