Hundreds of Gering residents were without power for a couple of hours after a power pole failed not far from the intersection of 10th Street and Country Club Road Wednesday evening.
Electrical Superintendent Doug Parker tells KNEB News at some time shortly before 5:45 p.m. a pole which had rotted at the base snapped, likely prodded by wind from a passing storm squall. Parker says it appears electrical lines then crossed and arced, leading to a cascade of substation failures and a fire that burned much of the pole.
Parker says service was restored to a significant number of customers shortly after 7 p.m. He says about 45 minutes later, the remaining outages were eliminated after crews back-fed power to bypass one substation that remained offline.
Parker says with power restored as night fell, crews would return in the daylight hours to work on getting the remaining substation repaired.