Restoring Power To Eastern Oklahoma

Thursday, January 29th 2009, 8:01 am
By: News On 6

UNDATED --  Under 20,000 electricity customers remain without power after a deadly winter storm dumped ice, freezing rain, sleet and snow on the state earlier this week.

Most of those homes and businesses receive power from rural electric co-ops in eastern Oklahoma.

Sid Sperry with the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives says a number of customers were still without electricity late Wednesday night.

  • Ozarks Electric Cooperative, Stilwell:                        10,276
  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Hulbert:                 7,380
  • East Central OK Electric Cooperative, Okmulgee        1,200
  • Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Stigler/Sallisaw       650
  • Northeast OK Electric Cooperative, Vinita                      198
  • Kiamichi Electric Cooperative, Wilburton                        140

Oklahoma Gas and Electric outages had dwindled to about 630 and Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported no major outages.

PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford said power was restored by Wednesday to all PSO customers who suffered outages because of the storm.  Nearly 40,000 Oklahoma PSO customers were without power at the height of the storm late Tuesday. 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says it worked 1,150 weather-related traffic accidents, including 200 involving injuries and three fatalities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.