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Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Situation Update 16
January 16, 2007 -- 11 a.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 98,255 electric customers are without power.

PSO reports 27,645 customers are without power throughout the state. Highest PSO outages are reported in McAlester, where 14,756 are without power, in Grove where 4,166 are without power and in Chouteau where 3,054 are without power. Other communities experiencing power outages are Atoka, Okmulgee, Vinita and Wilburton.

OG&E reports 16,099 customers are without power. The largest OG&E outages are in Muskogee where 9,566 are without power and in Checotah, where 2,319 are without electricity. Other outages are reported in Boynton, Braggs, Eufaula, Fort Gibson, Haskell, Okay, Porum, Warner and Webbers Falls.

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reports 54,111 electric cooperative customers are without power. OAEC reports more than 1,975 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) -1750
Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative (Stigler) - 5,000
East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Okmulgee) - 9,975
Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (Wilburton) - 4,000
Lake Region Electric Cooperative (Hulbert) - 9,500
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Vinita) - 20,007
People's Electric Cooperative (Ada) - 3,354
Southeastern Electric Cooperative (Durant) - 500
Empire Electric which serves the far northeast corner of Oklahoma reports 400 customers without power in Quapaw and Commerce.


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