The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 1, 2013

Outage darkens Fairview, 200 Cimarron customers

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Electricity was out in the town of Fairview for most of the day Wednesday, causing disruptions in businesses and city hall.

Jeff Hyatt, with Cimarron Electric Cooperative, said some of his customers in the Cheyenne Valley and Orienta areas north of Fairview still were without power because of a regulator problem late Wednesday afternoon, but hoped their service would siib be fixed.

Hyatt said a substation owned by Western Farmers Electric Cooperative was damaged before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

“I guess there were a couple birds that got in there and got in between a live and ground, and blew up an insulator,” he said.

The incident cracked the insulator, which had to be replaced by another one that had to be driven from Anadarko.

Fairview City Manager Paul Southwick said the power went out shortly after employees began showing up for work.

“The substation is down. They had something happen in the substation and they’re working on it now,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

Southwick said Fairview pumps its own water, and the power outage did not affect the city’s water supply.

There were others who were affected, though.

“All the businesses in town naturally need electricity, but there’s not a whole lot we can do but wait,” Southwick said.

Shortly after he said that, a woman who answered the phone at Sooner Cooperative, a convenience store on South Main Street, said the electricity “came on just like four seconds ago” after being off since around 8 a.m.

The employee, who only identified herself as Courtney, said the store had been open through the day.

“We’ve just been on limited resources, I guess you could say. We had a generator that ran a few things,” she said.

Hyatt estimated there were about 200 power meters impacted by the outage.