The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 1, 2013

Power back on in Fairview

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

FAIRVIEW, Okla. — About 200 electric utility customers were affected when birds got into a substation and shorted out the power for the town of Fairview today.

Most customers, however, had regained power after more than six hours in the dark.

City Manager Paul Southwick reported the power went out shortly after city hall employees started showing up for work.

On Main Street, an employee of the convenience store Sooner Cooperative said a generator had to be used during the day so the store could provide “limited resources.”

Cimarron Electric Cooperative spokesman Jeff Hyatt said there were still isolated outages north of Fairview in Orienta and Cheyenne Valley, but most of his customers’ power had been turned back on by 4 p.m.

The lengthy wait for service happened because Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, which owns the substation, had to order an insulator from Anadarko, Hyatt said.