Lack of power shuts down courthouse, OPPD and MUD HQ's.
Crews of the Omaha Public Power District continue to work in downtown Omaha this morning. An underground electrical equipment fire Sunday evening caused thousands of customers to go dark, including the Old Market.
OPPD's Paula Lukowski says some progress has been made, but big chunks of downtown are still without power. "There's customers out from Harney to Jones, 12th to 22nd Street," she says, "and that does include OPPD's Energy Plaza."
In addition, MUD has closed its downtown headquarters until power can be restored... and the Douglas County Courthouse decided to close for the entire day.
Lukowski said three manholes were damaged by the heat, and crews had to pull out and replace cables.
Omaha police said they've blocked off streets between 16th and 19 Streets, between Harney and St. Mary's Avenue.