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Nebraska tallying ice toll

December 16, 2007

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— Early estimates showed nearly $1 million in damage after ice storms in southeast Nebraska, with a more accurate estimation anticipated Monday, state officials said.

The preliminary estimate did not include damage in Falls City, which was hardest hit by the storm that began Monday night.

The Omaha Public Power District reported $500,000 in damages, Nebraska Public Power District had $350,000 and Norris Public Power District reported $100,000 in damaged infrastructure.

"At this point, we're just waiting for reports from any of the counties that have been affected," said Jim Bunstock, spokesman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

The storm left roughly 4,000 people without power on Tuesday, and more than 1,000 still did not have power on Friday.

The storm itself has made estimating the damages tough, Bunstock said.

"A lot of the roads have been kind of treacherous for the past few days," he said. "There's a lot of territory to cover and the weather has been a factor."

Emergency management officials in Richardson, Nemaha and Gage counties have already given estimates to the state. Tree damage was not included.

Dozens of crews were working over the weekend to restore electricity to hundreds of customers in the OPPD district, including Humboldt, Tecumseh and Rulo, spokesman Mike Jones said.

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