The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 27, 2013

Enid, area residents still without power after Monday's storm

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — OG&E Electric Services crews are catching up, a spokesman said, but there still are more than 13,000 OG&E customers without power in northwest Oklahoma.

Cimarron Electric Cooperative also has several customers impacted from the snowstorm that blew through the area Monday. Crews from Cimarron will concentrate on the Fairview area and some outlying areas today.

Both companies said crews are working hard to get power back to customers.

“The guys deployed again this morning. There by the Ames-Drummond water field they are hitting it hard,” Little said.

Enid's water pressure has been reduced in an effort to conserve water because of wells that have shut down west of the city. Generators are being dispatched to those wells to help pull them back online, according to city officials.

Outages within Enid are down to about 20-25 percent. Just more than 5,500 customers in the city still were without electricity at 10:15 a.m. according to OG&E system watch. Little said some area communities are still without power from Ames and Drummond and Lahoma to Waukomis, Medford, Wakita and Manchester are totally off, he said. Deer Creek and Red Rock are also off.

“Assessments are being made there," he said. "We’re just getting to those towns, but the core of the service territory is under control."

He predicted the rural communities would be nearly done by Thursday evening. Nearly impassable rural roads have slowed the progress, as bulldozers had to be brought in to work through the drifted snow in some areas.

McKinley Elementary School was without power, and Adams Elementary School and Northern Oklahoma College-Enid were being affected by power outages.

Adams started Wednesday with power problems in portions of the building but by late morning full power was restored.

“They placed a phone call to all parents to let them know about the situation and some did pick up their children,” said Amber Fitzgerald, human resources and communications director for EPS. “Classes were relocated to warm areas of the building. Hot lunch will be served as usual.”

Little said OG&E prioritizes police and fire service and hospitals beofre moving to services such as schools and residiential areas.

He said If a residents to call and report their outages again if they have not received power in a 24-hour period. That will file an extra report to notify the company there is still an outage.

“If someone is out more than a day call again, every day,” Little said.