Storm topples 3 communications towers in western Nebraska

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — A western Nebraska communications provider is scrambling to restore service after a weekend storm coated the region with ice and snow and toppled three of the company’s service towers in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Action Communications towers near Chadron State park, southern Sheridan County and Kimball all collapsed in the Thanksgiving weekend storm, the Scottsbluff Star Herald reported.

Repair crews are working with companies affected to determine the best approach to getting them operating again, Action Communications President Rick Derr said.

The Kimball tower housed communications systems for the Kimball County Sheriff’s Department and Nebraska State Patrol. Communication equipment from that tower has been relocated to another nearby tower to get those emergency services restored quickly until a replacement tower can be erected.

The tower near Chadron facilitates KCOW Radio, Northwest Rural Electric Company and a National Weather Service transmitter. The Sheridan County tower serves the Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Association, which offers services to all or part of the 11 counties in western Nebraska.

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