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Kimball Bracing For Power Outages

On Friday, March 12, and Monday, March 15, the City of Kimball will have its regular power source, Western Area Power Administration, shut off for updates. Still, the City’s power plant will operate its generators to power the city, although the power may not be consistent throughout the day.

The city has requested that businesses and residents prepare for possible disruptions, fluctuations and outages. The city is urging people to protect sensitive equipment by unplugging it.

The Kimball County Transit building at Chestnut and Highway 30 will be operating on its own generator and open to elderly residents and those reliant on oxygen. Call 235-0262 to make plans for a ride to this day shelter.

The two-day electric adventure will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Firday. The Monday hours also are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following businesses or agencies have made arrangements to either close or operate on a limited capacity.

Planning To Be Closed

Western Nebraska Observer – Closed but available by email and phone; open Saturday and Monday evening.

Anderson Foot Care.

The Kimball County Courthouse.

Kimball Public Library. Open Saturday.

Gretchen’s Grooming Salon.

Closed Minded Laundromat – In an abundance of caution, all equipment will be unplugged.

Karen’s Kitchen – Closed due to city power on Friday but normally closed on Mondays.

Planning To Be Open

Larsen’s Jewelry Store.

Hometown Hardware – Will try to be open.

Bemis Drug Store – Encouraging people to fill prescriptions before the 12th and after the 15th

Pizza Hut – Open pending response from headquarters.

Beer & Loathing – Open at 5 p.m. both nights, no day shift.

Kimball Senior Center.

The Sage Brush.

Phoenix Conoco.

Kimball City Offices – Open but operating with limited capacity.

Points West Bank – Drive-thru open, not the lobby.

Firstier Bank – Open, not completely sure how things will be handled but they do have a generator.

Kimball State Bank – Operating as usual; battery backup is on hand.


Kwik Stop – Open, will close if power goes off completely.

Main Street Market – Open but not sure if they will have electricity all day.

Kimball Bakery – Open on the 12th but closed on the 15th as scheduled.

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