The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 26, 2013

95 percent of Enid without power; OG&E crews working on outages

By David Christy, News Editor
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — At 9:30 a.m., 21,377 customers were without power in Enid, and a number of Garfield County and area towns also were experiencing power outages from Monday's winter storm.

"About 95 percent of Enid is without power," said John Little, spokesman for OG&E Electric Services in Enid. "We judge by customers and not by population of people."

Little said transmission lines and various power poles were impacted by Monday's blizzard-like snowstorm, which dumped up to 10 inches in Enid, and as much as 22 inches in Alva, and was accompanied by high, gusting winds.

Little had no estimate for when power will be restored to electric customers Tuesday, but he said he was "optimistic" they will get power back to a large number of customers today. He planned another update at noon Tuesday.

Although optimistic power would be restored Tuesday to a number of customers, Little said not everyone will get power back today.

Little said wet snow and ice from the powerful winter storm stressed power lines, and the gusting, whipping winds accompanying the storm caused "galloping lines" to short out and cause power outages.

He said local crews and crews from Oklahoma City already were out working on the problem, and snow removal was under way so crews could access some transmission lines.

"It won't be like 2002," Little said, referring to the ice storm of 2002, which took out some 10,000 power poles, transmission poles and lines, and left all of Garfield County and large areas of north-central and northwest Oklahoma for days and weeks.

U.S. 81 north of Waukomis has again been re-opened, after downed power lines closed the highway late Monday night.