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Omaha power utility blames beaver for outage affecting 900

The Omaha area's public power utility says it was the work of a busy beaver that caused a Monday morning power outage to some 900 customers west of the city. The Omaha Public Power District says the outage affected residents and businesses from the Elkhorn community to Waterloo. OPPD spokesman Chris Averett told the Omaha World-Herald that workers determined a beaver had weakened a tree, which then blew over into a power line, causing the outage. Averett says the power went out before 7 a.m. and was restored around 11:30 a.m.