Update on winter storm outages

Crews from around the state continue to work to restore power to municipal utilities served by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), after weekend storms did heavy damage to power lines.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, six municipals – Frederick, Geary, Olustee, Manitou, Okeene and Watonga – were still experiencing outages as a result of transmission line issues. The outages affected approximately 4,700 customers.

Several other cities also reported various outages due to distribution issues, which are being worked on or have been repaired. OMPA’s line crew has been joined by crews from the cities of Stillwater, Claremore, Purcell and Cushing, who responded to mutual aid assistance. Customers who are experiencing outages from distribution issues should contact their local utilities for more information.

The most serious transmission issues appear to be in the areas of Frederick and Olustee, where ice and strong winds have brought down dozens of power poles. The Estimated Time of Restoration (ETR) is several days for both Frederick and Olustee.

Reports from OG&E indicate possible restoration to Okeene and Geary sometime in the next 4-12 hours.

Other ETRs in Manitou and Watonga are unknown at this time, as damage assessments are on-going.

For updated information, check OMPA’s Facebook or Twitter pages, or go to its website at www.ompa.com. Detailed outage information can be found at www.ompa.com/outages/.