Officials with the City of Benkelman and Southwest Public Power District are coordinating a city-wide outage scheduled for approximately 7:00 a.m. Mountain time on September 20th, 2020. The Transmission Line feeding the city will need to be out of service for repairs for up to 8 hours. “Maintenance outages always require planning to keep their duration as short as possible so multiple crews will be on-site as well as an outside contractor to complete the repairs as quickly and safely as we can.”, stated SWPPD Interim General Manager Colyn Suda. “Winter storms and other maintenance issues have resulted in a situation where this planned outage will be safer, quicker and more efficient than risking a potentially more serious and long-term issue after a winter storm. Material acquisition, equipment, crew scheduling and time of year are all factors in planning large scale outages.” Please help us by planning accordingly and spreading the word. Updates will be provided on the SWPPD Facebook page as the work begins and progresses on September 20th.