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Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Situation Update 14

January 15, 2007 -- 4:45 p.m.


The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated due to winter weather conditions that continue to impact areas of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas and has received the following reports.

Power Outages

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports statewide, about 106,536 electric customers are without power.

PSO reports 31,334 customers are without power throughout the state. Highest PSO outages are reported in McAlester, where 14,367 are without power, in Grove where 4,132 are without power and in Chouteau where 4,409 are without power. Other communities experiencing power outages are Atoka, Okmulgee, Tulsa, Vinita and Wilburton.

OG&E reports 16,576 customers are without power. The largest OG&E outages are in Muskogee where 9,448 are without power and in Checotah, where 2,319 are without electricity. Other outages are reported in Boynton, Braggs, Durant, Eufaula, Fort Gibson, Haskell, Holdenville, Okay, Porum, Stonewall, Warner and Webbers Falls.

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reports 58,226 electric cooperative customers are without power. Electric restoration crews report 4 inches of ice accumulation on some power lines. OAEC continues to report more than 1,250 utility poles are down in the cooperative service area.

Below is a list of electric cooperatives, the location of their office and the number of power outages.

Canadian Valley (Seminole) - 1,800
Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative (Stigler) - 4,250
East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Okmulgee) - 8,500
Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (Wilburton) - 3,175
Lake Region Electric Cooperative (Hulbert) - 10,200
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Vinita) - 24,957
Ozarks Electric Cooperative (Fayetteville, Ark.) - 300
People's Electric Cooperative (Ada) - 3,544
Southeastern Electric Cooperative (Durant) - 1,500
Empire Electric which serves the far northeast corner of Oklahoma reports 400 customers without power in Quapaw and Commerce.


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