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Storm causes significant damage to base

Multiple trees and power lines were downed during a major storm on June 16. Property damage occurred to various facilities, homes and some aircraft, but no base personnel were injured. (55th Wing Public Affairs Photo)

Multiple trees and power lines were downed during a major storm on June 16. Property damage occurred to various facilities, homes and some aircraft, but no base personnel were injured. (55th Wing Public Affairs Photo)

Property damage occurred to various facilities, homes and some aircraft during a major storm on June 16, but no base personnel were injured. By June 18, the base’s power had returned, while debris clean-up and damage assessment continued. (55th Wing Public Affairs Photo)

Property damage occurred to various facilities, homes and some aircraft during a major storm on June 16, but no base personnel were injured. By June 18, the base’s power had returned, while debris clean-up and damage assessment continued. (55th Wing Public Affairs Photo)

A fast moving storm with driving rain and high winds of upwards of 80 miles per hour arrived at approximately 8:15 p.m., on June 16 and continued for roughly 30-45 minutes causing significant damage to the base. Base officials estimate it could take months before the entire base is fully repaired. (55th Wing Public Affairs Photo)

A fast moving storm with driving rain and high winds of upwards of 80 miles per hour arrived at approximately 8:15 p.m., on June 16 and continued for roughly 30-45 minutes causing significant damage to the base. Base officials estimate it could take months before the entire base is fully repaired. (55th Wing Public Affairs Photo)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Nebraska --

A major storm caused significant damage to parts of the base on June 16.

The fast moving storm with driving rain and high winds of upwards of 80 miles per hour arrived at approximately 8:15 p.m. and continued for roughly 30-45 minutes.

Multiple trees and power lines were downed and property damage occurred to various facilities, homes and some aircraft, but no base personnel were injured.

Clean-up efforts began in earnest June 17, while the base remained without power.

“I can’t say enough about the way our team came together in response to this storm,” said Col. Michael Manion, 55th Wing commander. “All of our no-fail missions remained fully operational throughout the duration of the storm and its aftermath.”

By June 18, the base’s power had returned, while debris clean-up and damage assessment continued.

“The 55th Civil Engineer Squadron really led the way and every group stepped up and ensured the mission never stopped,” Manion said. “It was a true team effort.”

Manion also said he was thankful for the support the base received from the local community.

“They are continually lauded across the Air Force and they did not disappoint,” he said. “And the crews from the Omaha Public Power District were just outstanding.”

Base officials estimate it could take months before the entire base is fully repaired.