OG&E crews mobilize to make repairs

More than 260,000 customers lost power in ice storms

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From Staff Reports

Restoration of electricity to homes and businesses in Yukon could last until next week, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. has reported.

Meanwhile, crews continue to restore power from what has been called OG&E’s second largest storm in history, behind the storm of 2007.

Power has been restored for more than 120,000 customers, but more than 260,000 customers were still without power by Friday.

“We’re mobilizing resources from across the country, as available, and have more than 2,500 restoration personnel at work,” according to a news release from OG&E officials.

Complicating matters was the severe weather events this year in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast, and in addition, a hurricane was approaching the Gulf Coast.

Personnel, as well as materials, are in high demand, OG&E reported.

In Yukon, more than 7,354 outages remained Friday as high winds were expected to add to the trouble with sagging lines and leaning utility poles. Damaged trees were also expected to continue falling.

“We’ll continue to restore power every hour and our initial estimate for full restoration extends into next week,” the OG&E news release states.

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This time for restoration could change as crews assess the full extent of damage, OG&E reported.

In Yukon, city officials said this week that people should prepare for going without power for several days. OG&E serves Yukon and the majority of Canadian County.

OG&E reports that crews called in for the emergency situation also have to follow COVID-19 preventative measures, including social distancing as they restore power.

Customers should be advised of a number of safety tips as power is restored and tree debris is removed from property.

People should stay away from any downed power lines.

To report a downed line, call 800-522-6870 or email custcaredept@oge.com with account info and location of downed line.

People should not approach crews or utility vehicles in neighborhoods.

Also, safety precautions should be taken when using any portable generator. Safety precautions should be followed when using a portable generator.

Also, people should unplug computers, or other electronics if power is out to the home or business to prevent any damage or power surges when electricity is restored.

Downed power lines can cause fires. A number of small fires have been put out by Yukon firefighters responding to downed lines this week, Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said.