OG&E: Work to restore power in Oklahoma City will continue into the weekend
The job to restore power in Oklahoma City will continue through the weekend as Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. finds itself unable to fulfill promises the job would be finished Friday.
OG&E reported most customers in the south and west parts of the metro were set to have power restored Friday, but restoration for other customers would not be completed until Sunday.
“We’re in our final push to complete restoration,” spokesperson David Kimmel said. “Our current outage count is approximately 45,000. The System Watch map reflects among other things, duplicate outages and thousands of customers whose homes are unable to take power.”
Three days of ice storms left much of the metro without power starting on Oct. 26. Some customers are nearing two weeks in the dark and frustrations are rising. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported 359 calls to their customer service representatives and about 100 more from via Facebook and email.
The utility reported facing unprecedented damages. About 36,000 trees have been trimmed by response crews and reconnections are taking two to four hours longer than normal repair from ice storms. The storm impacted 90% of the grid compared to a normal storm hitting 40%
“We’re continuing to make good progress, however, we’re experiencing some delays,” Kimmel said. “Crews are confronting dog bites, locked gates, blocked pathways and other obstacles – which slows our progress.”
The remaining restoration work is occurring in backyards, Kimmel said.
“With the damage caused by this historic storm, backyard work is taking two to four hours longer, per home, than a typical restoration event,” Kimmel said. “Customers are asked to make sure their home can take power, clear a path to your backyard, make sure pets are safely away from the backyard, and unlock gates and cattle guards.”