The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 27, 2013

More crews coming in to help restore power

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Additional service crews were coming to Enid Wednesday night and today to help restore electricity to those still without power after Monday’s blizzard.

Some parts of Enid remained without power Wednesday night. According to OG&E System Watch, at 8 p.m. there were 2,222 OG&E Electric Services customers in the city without electricity.

“There are ... 28 crews in the field, and we’re bringing seven more (Wednesday night) and a bunch from other areas where they aren’t needed,” said John Little, OG&E district manager. “We hope to knock the restoration out.”

He said Wednesday afternoon he expected the number of Enid customers without power to drop below 20 percent Wednesday night. Electricity in towns in the Enid area also are regaining power, he said.

As of 8 p.m., System Watch showed many outages across northwest Oklahoma, including: Carrier, 101; Covington, 66; Deer Creek, 624; Douglas, 439; Drummond, 169; Eagle City, 242; Garber, 88; Imo, 77; Jet, 180; Kremlin, 125; Lacey, 55; Lahoma, 395; Medford, 104; Meno, 251; Watonga, 240; and Waukomis, 226.

Residents without power are coping as best they can. Many have generators providing heat and other essentials.

Gary Lillie, manager of Golden Oaks Retirement Home in Enid, said the east section of the houses at the Golden Oaks campus do not have electricity. The main building did not lose electricity, he said, although there were some flickers that caused minor problems. The east section contains 54 units and more than 65 residents, he said. All are age 65 and above, Lillie said.

Tuesday crews got the driveways and roads cleared so the residents of those houses not receiving heat could go elsewhere. Some of them came to the main building and stayed in guest rooms, and some have eaten in the cafeteria. He said the biggest challenge is the cold, and there is no way to heat the units.

“During the night it gets pretty chilly over there,” Lillie said.

However, Golden Oaks has another problem he was hoping will be quickly resolved and that is water pressure. They have none, he said.

“Water pressure is non-existent. We are feeding people on paper plates and plastic ware because we don’t have enough pressure for washing machines,” Lillie said.