East Central Oklahoma Electric Co-op Still Busy Restoring Power

Saturday, July 16th 2016, 5:32 pm
By: News On 6

About 100 power poles were destroyed in Thursday’s storm for East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative members, the company says.

Work crews continue to make repairs and mutual aid crews are currently restoring 845 meters.

Thursday morning's storm initially knocked out over 600 meters across ECE's service area. The second wave of storms midmorning took out over 16,000 meters and 100 poles.

The portion of the cooperative's service area primarily affected is McIntosh County, Muskogee County, Okmulgee County and southern Tulsa County. However, there are other isolated outages throughout our service area. "Cooperatives ordinarily possess an average of about five meters per mile of electric line," General Manager Tim Smith said. "Because the cooperative's areas aren't as densely populated as the metro areas, it sometimes takes longer to restore rural areas as opposed to metro areas."

Most members should regain power by Sunday evening.

An additional 19 crewmen from Peoples, Cimarron, Alfalfa and Tri-County Electric Cooperatives responded to East Central Electric's need making it over 70 in-field personnel helping with the restoration efforts.

"We appreciate everyone's patience" Smith said. "Our crews are working hard to restore each and every member's electricity as quickly as possible."
Strong wind is to blame for bringing nearby tree limbs into power lines and snapping poles.

If you see downed lines, you are urged to stay clear of the area.