Oklahoma’s electric cooperatives work to restore power following significant severe storms

Posted: June 19, 2023 at 3:32 pm

 

CO-OP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The state of Oklahoma experienced significant severe storms, with tornado warnings and straight-line winds – some close to 100 miles per hour – on Father’s Day weekend. Severe storms began on Thursday, June 15 and roared through the state again on Saturday, June 17 into Sunday, June 18.
  • The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security reported more than 350,000 power outages across the state at the height of this weather event.
  • Peak outages for electric cooperatives statewide reached a collective total of more than 76,750 outages early on Sunday morning, June 18.
  • Restoration efforts are ongoing; electric cooperatives throughout state are assessing damages to electric infrastructure. Mutual aid crews from Oklahoma and Kansas have been dispatched to assist sister cooperatives in power restoration efforts.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Electric cooperatives throughout the state of Oklahoma are restoring power after a storm system with significant winds triggered tornado warnings, uprooted trees, and damaged structures across parts of Oklahoma. Wind gusts reached close to 100 miles per hour. Electric cooperatives in the eastern part of the state were the hardest impacted in this severe weather event.

At the storm’s peak, electric cooperatives reached more than 76,750 meters off. Outages continue to decline significantly as co-ops progress on power restoration efforts.

The follow mutual aid crews from Oklahoma and Kansas have been dispatched to assist sister cooperatives:

  • Construction crews from Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc., Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, Caney Valley Electric Cooperative, Twin Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative, Inc. and service crews from Oklahoma Electric Cooperative were sent to Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative based in Vinita.
  • Service crews from Kay Electric Cooperative, Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative and Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative were sent to East Central Electric Cooperative based in Okmulgee.   
  • Construction crews from Kay Electric Cooperative, Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative and Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative were sent to Indian Electric Cooperative based in Cleveland.                                                                                                                    

“It’s not uncommon for co-op lineworkers to go through personal sacrifices to turn the lights on. We appreciate our lineworkers working tirelessly to restore power while missing family gatherings during Father’s Day weekend,” Chris Meyers, General Manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, said. “Their commitment speaks to the heart of service of electric cooperatives. Crews will continue to work diligently until power is restored to every member.”

Members are encouraged to contact their electric cooperative for questions regarding power restoration efforts. To see statewide impacts, visit: https://outages.oaec.coop/outages/maps

 

Media Contact:

Anna Politano, Director of Public Relations & Communications, Okla. Assn. of Electric Co-ops

Phone: 405-761-0289

E-mail: apolitano@oaec.coop