Storm Restoration Efforts Continue

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 Storm Restoration Efforts Continue  The City of Newkirk remains without power as a result of Wednesday night’s storms. During the storm, four transmission poles were knocked down and one was snapped in half by high winds which caused the outage. OMPA personnel, the City of Newkirk and Whitnah construction worked throughout the night repairing the damage. Currently three of the five poles are up and two of the three are fully framed. Crews continue to work to get all five poles up and ready for service. We are optimistic that power will be restored by early this evening.   Again, we appreciate the citizens of Newkirk being patient under the conditions they are experiencing.  We ask that customers remain patient as crews are working as fast as they can to restore power. 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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Storm Restoration Efforts Underway

PRESS RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5047 Storm Restoration Efforts Underway    The City of Newkirk is currently without power as a result of last night’s storms. During the storm, seven transmission poles were knocked down by high winds causing the outage. OMPA personnel are onsite, along with Ponca City Energy crews, clearing the area.  Materials to rebuild the damaged line have been obtained. OMPA has contacted a contractor to rebuild the damaged sections of line. The contractor is scheduled to arrive late this afternoon to begin the rebuild. More updates will be provided when more details are known. We appreciate the citizens of Newkirk being patient under the conditions they are experiencing.  We ask that customers remain patient as crews are working as fast as they can to restore power.  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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High Temperatures Test Electric Supply System

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Mary J. Hays, City Clerk, 884-5466 High Temperatures Test Electric Supply System The summer record high temperatures have created a strain on electric systems across the state to keep up with record high usages.   This summer is going down as the hottest on record along with record usage by consumers.  Last week Geary, along with other cities in the region, noticed numerous blinks during the week and this was followed by an extended outage on Saturday.  An investigation into the blinks revealed the breaker failure at OG&E’s Roman Nose substation was due to contacts having burnt up.  To restore service, the load was transferred to another breaker, but due to high loads, the additional load exceeded the back-up breaker load rating, which caused the back-up breaker to lock out.  This required distribution crews to go out on the system serving the area and physically re-sectionalize the load to allow the load to be reduced to a level that the breakers were able to carry the load.  A review of maintenance records on the breakers revealed regular routine maintenance had been performed and that it was working properly at the time of the inspections.  OMPA is continuing to look at problem areas though out the system and seeking ways to better address issues.    On Saturday, high winds and stormy conditions caused the loss of 12 poles, thereby interrupting serve to many customers in the region, including the Geary, Oklahoma system.  This outage required additional crews to be called out to obtain additional materials to make repairs to the damaged system and re-sectionalize the lines to restore service. ...

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STORM DAMAGE UPDATE

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CITY OF PONCA CITY, OKLAHOMA   Date: April 11, 2011 as of 10:30 a.m. Contact: Craig Stephenson, City Manager Phone: 580.767.0339  STORM DAMAGE UPDATE  Below is an update on clean up and restoration activities as a result of Friday night’s microburst thunderstorm:  Electrical System  Ponca City Energy continues to make electrical system repairs:  Electrical service has been restored except for 30 customers.  Their locations are scattered throughout the service area.  One of these customers is Copper Creek Apartments, but it is anticipated that their power should be restored early today.   Work continues on the rebuilding of the electric transmission line on Waverly.  Waverly is still closed on Waverly, between Hartford Avenue and South Avenue.  As a result, the Ponca City Aquatic and Family Center-YMCA is still closed.  It is anticipated that repairs on Waverly will be completed and the road opened on Wednesday.  Electrical crews from the City of Edmond and the City of Stillwater are still in Ponca City helping with repairs. Residential Storm Debris Removal The following steps are being taken by Solid Waste to help with RESIDENTIAL STORM DEBRIS: Anything set out over the past weekend within the parameters of the City‘s annual Spring Clean Up will be picked up.  Spring Clean Up ended Sunday April 10.    Solid Waste will pick up RESIDENTIAL STORM DEBRIS ONLY (trees, fences etc.) through Sunday, April 17.  Items should be placed at the resident’s normal pick-up location.    There will be no fee for RESIDENTIAL STORM DEBRIS disposal at the City of Ponca City’s Landfill through Saturday, April 16.   City Manager Craig Stephenson asks the public to please avoid driving in areas where clean up and repairs are being completed, so that work can be completely safely and injuries can be...

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Weather Situation Update

Situation Update Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Situation Update 5 February 3, 2011 – 3:30 p.m. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelann Ooten, Public Information Officer Office 405-521-2481; Mobile 405-205-1879 OKLAHOMA IMPACTED BY SEVERE WINTER STORM The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at Level One activation. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) staff has returned to regular hours while maintaining 24-hour contact with emergency managers in the areas still affected by the winter storm through the duty officer. President Barrack Obama has approved in part Gov. Mary Fallin’s request for an emergency declaration covering all 77 Oklahoma counties. The emergency declaration authorizes federal resources to assist state and local governments as they continue to respond to the severe winter storm. The declaration does not cover the Governor’s request for state and local emergency response costs. However, once the actual response costs are compiled the state can request the declaration be amended to include further reimbursement. Oklahoma remains under a State of Emergency, as declared by Gov. Fallin on Monday. The State of Emergency marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance, should it be necessary. Additionally, the executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration provides a formal mechanism for local governments to seek reimbursement for recovery costs through the state’s disaster public assistance program as conditions warrant. Some government offices, schools and businesses remained closed today due hazardous road conditions. FATALITIES AND INJURIES Four fatalities are attributed to the winter storm, according to the Oklahoma Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. A 20-year-old Moore woman died Tuesday following a sledding accident. Cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma to the head.  Three people died this morning after the vehicle they were occupants in went off the Spring River Bridge on the Will Rogers Turnpike. Five other occupants in the vehicle were injured in the crash.   The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports troopers have worked 139 storm related crashes, including 10 involving injury since the storm began. OHP also responded to 462 motorist assist calls. Troopers also assisted the American Red Cross with three emergency blood transports in the Tulsa area. The Oklahoma...

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Gov. Henry announces SBA assistance in June 14 floods

Office of Governor Brad Henry State of Oklahoma State Capitol – Oklahoma City OK 73105 405-521-2342 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 14, 2010 Gov. Henry announces SBA assistance in June 14 floods (Oklahoma City) Gov. Brad Henry today announced that Oklahoma County has been declared a disaster area by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the deadly flooding outbreak that occurred June 14. Under the declaration, contiguous counties are also eligible for assistance, meaning that residents in Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan and Pottawatomie counties may also apply for aid. The designation provides SBA low-interest disaster loans for renters, homeowners and business owners to repair or replace any property damaged by the flooding which was not covered by insurance or other assistance programs. The loan program is also available to assist businesses that sustained economic injury due to the severe weather. The Governor requested the SBA assistance last week after FEMA denied Individual Assistance for Oklahoma County residents. More than 220 homes and businesses were damaged in the flooding and less than 2 percent of the properties were covered by flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. The primary reason for the low insurance coverage is most homes are not located in an identified flood zone. “The SBA low-interest loan program won’t address all of the needs of flood victims, but it will provide some much-needed assistance as they rebuild and recover,” said Gov. Henry. ### For more information, contact: Michelann Ooten, OEM,...

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