The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 26, 2013

OG&E: 30 percent still without power in Enid

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — OG&E Electric Services crews have restored power to the majority of Enid customers, but some will be waiting until Wednesday for their power to be restored.

As of 5:30 p.m. OG&E district manager John Little said crews had restored power to all but 30 percent of Enid customers, and crews are working to restore more before nightfall.

“Things are improving, and we still are planning on having the bulk of the customers on by nightfall, but unfortunately there will be some customers who carry over to tomorrow,” Little said. “We plan to have all our customers in Enid on by tomorrow evening.”

Outage levels reached as high as 90 percent before OG&E crews were able to start making progress in the wake of Monday night’s blizzard.

Three helicopters were called in today to patrol transmission lines in the Enid district. The helicopters scanned the large transmission lines from the power plant, hoping to find existing problems and direct restoration crews to those locations, Little said.

Systemwide, about two-thirds of the outages were in the Enid-area, Little said. There were more than 20,000 outages in the city of Enid, which is about 90 percent of the city. Most of those were back on by about 1:30 p.m.

Customers in rural areas may have to wait longer for their power to be restored due to impassable conditions, Little said. He said some rural areas surrounding Enid may be without power until Thursday.