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Electric Cooperatives Request Mutual Aid Assistance Following Storms

July 16, 2016
Update as of July 16, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.

As of 9:30pm, Lake Region Electric Cooperative has reduced their outages to 3,961, down from more than 19,000 outages at their peak. Most of the remaining LREC outages are in Cherokee and Wagoner counties, with some remaining in Muskogee County. Estimated restoration is Monday evening, with some isolated outages being returned to service on Tuesday.

East Central OK Electric has 416 member-outages as of 9:30pm, mostly in Muskogee, McIntosh and Tulsa counties. Estimated restoration for most residential services is Sunday night.

For additional information contact Sid Sperry, OAEC, at 405-627-7754 or via email at: sksperry@oaec.coop

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Update as of July 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) has found over 100 poles destroyed, and about twice that number of cross arms broken. More than half of the poles destroyed were on double circuit lines that provided power in some of LREC's more heavily populated areas around Coweta, Wagoner, and the Lake Fort Gibson area. There are a total of 66 Mutual Aid and Contractor linemen and brush removal personnel working to restore service, in addition to LREC crews. As of 7:30pm this evening, LREC has about 4,250 members without power, most in Cherokee and Wagoner counties, with more than 200 outages in Muskogee county.

East Central OK Electric in Okmulgee has about 425 member-consumers without power as of 7:30pm tonight. The outages at ECOEC and LREC have lasted about 55 hours now, as some outages began occurring about Noon on Thursday, July 14.

For more information, contact Sid Sperry, OAEC, at 405-627-7754 or via email at:sksperry@oaec.coop


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Update as of July 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Kay Electric Cooperative, Blackwell, has sent two, 2-man service crews to Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Hulbert, to assist in LREC's power restoration effort following severe thunderstorms and high, damaging winds on Thursday, July 14. Crews from Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative, Collinsville, and Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Vinita, have been assisting LREC since Friday morning.

As of 1:00pm Saturday, July 16, approximately 5,660 member-consumers at LREC remain with power from Thursday's severe storms.

Approximately 1,025 member-consumers at East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Okmulgee, are still without power following this same storm. Crews from Alfalfa, Cimarron, People's, and Tri-County (TCEC) Electric Cooperatives are assisting ECOEC line crews with their power restoration efforts.

For more information, contact Sid Sperry, OAEC, at 405-627-7754 or via email at: sksperry@oaec.coop
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Update as of July 16, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.

A total of 8,753 electric cooperative member-consumers remain without power as of 7:00am Saturday morning, due to severe thunderstorms and high winds that caused damage in parts of eastern and northeastern Oklahoma on Thursday, July 14.

Lake Region Electric Cooperative is reporting a total of 6,452 meters without electric power this morning, with most of those outages being in Wagoner and Cherokee counties. Mutual aid crews from Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative, Collinsville, and Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Vinita, are assisting LREC crews in the restoration effort.

East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is reporting a total of 2,234 consumer-outages across its service territory. Most of the ECOEC outages are in McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Tulsa and Wagoner counties. Co-op officials estimate that power to most residential services should be restored by Sunday evening. Mutual aid crews from Alfalfa Electric Co-op, Cherokee; Cimarron Electric Co-op, Kingfisher; People's Electric Co-op, Ada; and TCEC, Hooker, are assisting East Central crews in the power restoration effort.

Severe thunderstorms packing winds in excess of 80 mph caused considerable infrastructure damage to electric utility systems across eastern and northeastern Oklahoma on Thursday, July 14. For additional information, please contact Sid Sperry at OAEC, 405-627-7754 or via email at: sksperry@oaec.coop


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Update as of July 15, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.


Additional Mutual Assistance crews from Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative have been sent to help line crews at Lake Region Electric Cooperative in their power restoration efforts following yesterday’s severe thunderstorms. Winds as high as 80 to 85 mph caused considerable damage to the LREC power distribution system, along with blowing trees down across many powerlines.

Early Friday morning, one 4-man construction crew and one 2-man bucket truck crew from Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative were dispatched to assist LREC. This afternoon, officials from Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative in Vinita, OK, sent one, 4-man construction crew as well as two, 2-man right-of-way crews to aid LREC crews in their restoration and recovery effort.

As of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 15, Lake Region Electric Cooperative still had approximately 7,500 member-outages across their service territory, with most outages being reported in Cherokee, Mayes, Muskogee, Rogers and Wagoner counties.

For additional information, contact Sid Sperry at OAEC, 405-627-7754 or via email at: sksperry@oaec.coop.


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Following today’s round of severe storms, two electric cooperatives have requested mutual aid assistance from sister cooperatives. As of 8 p.m., several cooperatives have responded to requests for mutual aid assistance:

Cooperatives Assisting East Central Okla. Electric Cooperative based in Okmulgee, Okla.:

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative: One, 5-man construction crew. Traveling in morning of July 15.

Cimarron Electric Co-op: One, 4-man construction crew. Traveling in the evening of July 14.

People's Electric Co-op: One, 5-man construction crew. Traveling in morning of July 15.

Tri-County Electric Co-op (TCEC): One, 5-man construction crew. Traveling in morning of July 15.

Cooperative Assisting Lake Region Electric Cooperative based in Hulbert, Okla.:

Verdigris Valley Electric Co-op, 4-man construction crew and a 2-man bucket crew traveling in the morning of July 15.

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For more information, contact Sid Sperry at 405-627-7754 or at sksperry@oaec.coop