BEATRICE – Beatrice Electric Department crews worked from Friday night at 10 through Saturday, restoring electricity to the city. Power was knocked out in a sizable part of the community, when thunderstorms packing winds of 80-to-100 miles per hour struck the city overnight.
:04 “customers off-line”
Electric Superintendent Pat Feist said all but about 170 customers had their power restored by mid-Saturday morning.
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Feist says the city’s new automated meter infrastructure system is paying off, making it easier to pinpoint outage problems and dispatch crews to the right locations, keeping the work moving. He said the hope was to have everyone back on, at the end of Saturday.
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Feist said all crew members were on duty overnight Friday, through Saturday.
Meanwhile, pickups and trucks were lined up along Ella Street Saturday, as residents were bringing downed branches and trees to a drop-off site set up by the City of Beatrice, north of 1st and Ella.
City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says a second dump site for brush was opened Saturday. In addition to First and Ella, residents can also use the old Sack Lumber Road, which is 3rd Street, between Ella and Grant Street.