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Power Outage Briefly Leaves Nearly 4000 Omahans Out in the Cold

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Laura Berry

OMAHA(KPTM)-Talk about a surprise on a cold day. Just after ten this morning nearly 4,000 O.P.P.D customers were left without power for a couple of hours due to an O.P.P.D substation failure.

The outage happened on 144th Street and Maple Street in West Omaha.

Resident Dave Haar was shoveling snow when his house lost power. And little did he know he'd have to keep his winter gear on a bit longer.

"In the back of my mind I kept thinking uh oh what happens when the house gets down to 45 degrees," said Haar.

O.P.P.D said the outage was likely caused by the chilly weather, which made Haar contemplate how much he depends on electricity.

"When you think of the way we live today you have the pipes freezing up, your toilets freezing up and of course as strange as it seems having food going bad in the freezer because there was no electricity," said Haar.

Businesses in the area also lost power. Garbo's Salon had to reschedule appointments and even turn down clients.

Becky Kahn works at the salon and said, " people could see that K-Mart, Target and Bakers were also seeing these problems, escorting customers out, but you know a few of them tried to weasel in for a haircut."

While Kahn said she learned from the experience that her costumers are pretty easy going, Haar said there's not a lot to get out of the outage.

Except maybe to use the snow as a makeshift freezer.

"I don't know how I could change my lifestyle much except put some food out in the snow and open the door, quickly grab it, and go back inside where it was a little bit warmer," said Haar.

In case you are ever in an outage, O.P.P.D suggests keeping blankets, flashlights, water and food stocked so you can be more comfortable if your home should ever lose power. 

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