FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. 405.245.1112
DATE: July 15, 2014
City of Newkirk remains without power
The City of Newkirk and its 1,384 customers remain without power. All power can be expected to be restored no later than the afternoon of Wednesday, July 16. On Monday, July 14, a total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds.
Four crews from the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) are on-site with equipment, along with two crews from Whitnah Construction and crews from Ponca City Energy assisting the City of Newkirk with restoration efforts. All damaged poles have been removed from the roadway and crews are currently working on setting the new poles. At present time, four new poles have been set. Peckham Road in Newkirk will remain closed during restoration efforts.
OMPA personnel continue to monitor the situation. We would like to extend our appreciation to the crews from GRDA, Newkirk, Ponca City and Whitnah Construction for assisting OMPA during this restoration effort. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of this outage as we receive information.
All OMPA outage information is posted to our website and can be found at www.ompa.com/outages.
Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 39 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.