Power outages decrease in Yukon

Less than 2,500 outages remain Monday, 96% of polling places restored

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Don Roberts works at the Yukon tree debris collection site at State Highway 66 and Frisco Road on Saturday, Oct. 31. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Less than 2,500 power outages remained in Yukon Monday, a week after a rare fall ice storm hit the city.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. reports the ice storm of October, 2020 has caused the most outages systemwide in the franchise’s history.

Yukon Public Schools Board of Education meeting for Monday, Nov. 2 has been moved to Nov. 7.

District officials reported Monday that the administration building did not have power.

Power outages have shut down schools and buildings since Monday, Oct. 26. The most outages in Yukon were reported Wednesday morning, when more than 7,500 customers had lost power.

At 9:45 a.m. Monday, there were 2,499 power outages in Yukon.

Contracted crews of linemen and convoys of utility trucks have been across Canadian County and in Yukon in recent days, working to restore power as Tuesday, Nov. 3 Election Day nears.

Tree debris cleanup has started in Yukon with curbside service and a collection site at Frisco Road and State Highway 66.

Hunter Gregory of Yukon takes a load of tree limbs to the Yukon collection site Saturday, Oct. 31 at State Highway 66 and Frisco Road. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Power was restored last week to Spanish Cove Retirement Village and a retirement home in Surrey Hills after both homes lost power during the ice storm.

Okarche had more than 300 outages and Piedmont had about 900 outages Monday morning.

OG&E reported that power has been restored to more than 290,000 customers, or 70% of those who had been affected.

OG&E has started to publish restoration times for individual addresses. The company released the following information Sunday night.

Customers who signed up may have received two alerts.

The first alert represents a full system-wide estimate for restoration.

Customers whose estimate is prior to Friday, will receive a second alert with their updated information.

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Customers can also find their estimate by signing into their account. Crews have have energized all hospitals and shelters and continue to energize public utility services such as water and sewage.

Also, 96% of polling locations in our service area have power.

The historic ice storm heavily damaged 178 structures in the OG&E transmission system.

“We’ve made significant progress in repairing our transmission structures so that power can flow smoothly as our crews complete repairs in your neighborhood,” OG&E reports.

In addition to our transmission system, 1,037 poles, 958 cross arms, 173 transformers.

There are 3,500 crew members working around the clock to restore power, OG&E reports.

Also, people picking up limbs and debris, should take precautions and look over the area carefully.