Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Situation Update 20
January 17, 2007 -- 4:00 p.m.
STATE/FEDERAL ICE STORM RESPONSE CONTINUES
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.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports statewide, about 77,781 electric customers are without power.
PSO reports 20,606 customers are without power throughout the state. Highest PSO outages are reported in McAlester, where 9,980 are without power, in Grove where 2,358 are without power, in Chouteau where 2,659 and in Wilburton where 3,812 are without power. Other communities experiencing power outages are Atoka, Okmulgee and Vinita.
OG&E reports 15,458 customers are without power. The largest OG&E outages are in Muskogee with 9,319 in Eufaula with 1,918 and in Checotah, with 2,885. Other outages are reported in Boynton, Braggs, Fort Gibson, Haskell, Okay, Porum, Warner and Webbers Falls.
Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives reports 39,273 electric cooperative customers are without power. OAEC reports more than 2,040 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) - 392
Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative (Stigler) - 1,380
East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Okmulgee) - 9,200
Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (Wilburton) - 3,400
Lake Region Electric Cooperative (Hulbert) - 7,970
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Vinita) - 15,552
People's Electric Cooperative (Ada) - 1,179
Southeastern Electric Cooperative (Durant) - 200
Empire Electric which serves the far northeast corner of Oklahoma reports 400 customers without power in Quapaw and Commerce.