After Weekend of Cleanup in Beatrice, Things Getting Back in Order

BEATRICE – As bad as the tree damage was, things could have been worse in the City of Beatrice.  Cleanup is continuing, with residents hauling downed branches and limbs to a drop site just west of Athletic Park.

Beatrice City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said today that about a dozen homes still didn’t have power, those that will need to have repairs handled by a private service.  Tempelmeyer says at the height of the storm, around 42-hundred customers were without electricity.   A new automated system that logs problems in the electric system helped expedite restoration of power.

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Police had to direct traffic away from a few areas Friday night because of scattered debris and traffic signals being out, because of the loss of electricity.

Tempelmeyer says the damage to public property was small.

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City buildings came through the storm without significant damage.  Electric poles and lines were knocked down in some areas, most notably in the west part of the city. There’s no word yet about how expensive the electric facility damage was in the city.

A drop-off site for residents to deposit trees and branches will remain in place at least through this upcoming weekend.

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Tempelmeyer credited city crews for their efforts to restore power.

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Tempelmeyer says storms like the one Friday are a reminder of why the city maintains an adequate reserve fund in the electric department and other utility budgets.

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