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...

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Storms cause outages across state

Multiple crews from around the state are working to restore power to nine utilities served by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, after ice storms and high winds did widespread damage to power lines over the weekend. Approximately 4,600 customers served by OMPA member utilities remained without power early Monday afternoon, with many of the problems situated in the southwest part of the state. Municipal utilities still experiencing outages due to transmission issues include Frederick, Watonga, Geary, Granite, Okeene, Pond Creek, Olustee, Eldorado and Manitou. Edmond, Kingfisher, Newkirk, Tonkawa and Fairview all experienced outages either because of transmission or distribution problems, before power was restored. Transmission issues that had cut power to Altus and Waynoka on Sunday have been repaired, though minor problems inside the city distribution lines still have some customers without power. Duncan also has experienced partial outages due to distribution problems. Crews from OMPA and all of the affected utilities have been working to repair downed power lines, while the cities of Purcell, Stillwater, Kingfisher, Watonga, Eldorado and Mangum also responded to mutual aid requests. Unfortunately, the storm has caused significant damage to the electrical transmission and distribution systems within the state, and repairs are expected to possibly take several days. Customers are asked to refer to the OMPA website or Facebook page for updates. State-wide, nearly 200,000 outages were reported by all of the state’s power suppliers, according to the Corporation...

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All Power Restored to the City of Newkirk

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. 405.359.2500 DATE: July 16, 2014   All Power Restored to the City of Newkirk   All power was restored to the City of Newkirk at 1524 hours today. The City of Newkirk lost power on Monday, July 14. A total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds We would like to thank the crews from the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), Newkirk, Ponca City and Whitnah Construction for assisting OMPA during this restoration effort. These crews worked long hours in order to make sure power was restored to Newkirk. We also appreciate the City of Newkirk for their patience and understanding during this situation. 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. ###...

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City of Newkirk remains without power

PRESS RELEASE 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. ###...

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The City of Newkirk without Power

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jennifer Rogers, OMPA Government Relations Rep. 405.359.2500 DATE: July 15, 2014   The City of Newkirk without Power The City of Newkirk and its 1,384 customers remain without power. Yesterday, July 14, a total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds. Peckham Road in Newkirk remains closed due to downed structures on the roadway. OMPA has contacted the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), Ponca City Energy and Whitnah Construction to help assist with cleanup and restoration. One crew from GRDA and Whitnah Construction arrived late last night to start assisting the City of Newkirk with cleanup. OMPA has additional poles en route from Ponca City and GRDA.  Three additional GRDA crews will arrive in Newkirk today to help assist with restoration efforts. OMPA personnel are on-site monitoring the situation. All power can be expected to be restored no later than the afternoon of July 16. 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. ###...

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All Power Restored to Newkirk

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5047 or Jennifer Roger, Media Specialist, 405/359-2534 All Power Restored to the City of Newkirk   All power has been restored to the City of Newkirk. The City of Newkirk was without power following Wednesday night’s storms that produced 70 mph winds. During the storm, four transmission poles were knocked down and one was snapped in half by the high winds which caused the outage. OMPA personnel, the City of Newkirk, Ponca City Engery and Whitnah construction have worked diligently the past two days and nights in order to repair the damage. Again, we would like to thank the citizens of Newkirk for being patient under the conditions they experienced.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the crews of the City of Newkirk, Ponca City Energy, Whitnah Construction and OMPA personnel for their effort and commitment in repairing the damage. OMPA is a state governmental agency created by the legislature to serve cities and towns that own and operate their electrical distribution systems and is governed by the members. The Authority presently serves 39 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma....

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