Power lines and electrical dangers

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - With extreme weather conditions, comes extreme disruptions in outdoor safety. Folks traveling through areas with floods or power lines need to take serious caution. Nebraska wind gusts are still pushing over 60 miles per hour and with those gusts comes disruptions to power lines.

When ice forms on a power line and wind blows simultaneously the wires start to gallop and result in a fault or subsequent outage.The increased movement can also cause power lines to fall. Chelsea Gengenbach from Dawson Public Power says to avoid power lines, especially ones submerged in flood waters. Live power lines in flood waters could be electrified and are extremely dangerous. If you see one, power line officials say turn around and call 911.

Dawson PPD employees will also be answering phone calls and dispatching crews over Thursday May 14th and Friday May 15th. This is in response to Dawson PDD's contracted after hours call center with Nebraska Public Power District being temporarily closed due to weather conditions. When reporting a power outage, customers are asked to have their meter number ready for efficient call processing: 308-324-2386 or 800-752-8305.