Much of the power restored in Sidney

(Pictures courtesy of KSID Radio)

Sidney City Manager Gary Person says much of the power has been restored in Sidney following a brief destructive storm Monday night that has caused what he estimated is millions of dollars in damage.

The 20 minute storm with winds of up to 80 to 90 miles and rain that measured as much as three to five inches caused an overnight and morning power outage that covered much of Sidney. Person says with the help of Gering electrical crews and a local contractor, the situation is much improved.

Person says there are still isolated pockets of businesses and residences where individual lines were ripped from the main lines and need to be reconnected. Person says tenants in older apartment complex have been evacuated after the roof was ripped off, and the Red Cross, Salvation Army and regional emergency management personnel are working on getting temporary housing for those people.

Sidney elementary school will have classes again Wednesday after power was restored. Person says the damage will be in the six figures and some of it will take time to repair.

The storm uprooted many trees destroyed power poles, downed power lines and significantly damaged many buildings. The major underpass was flooded and one vehicle was stuck in the water but there were no injuries. The underpass is now passable again.

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