Summer Storm Recovery Continues
The sound of chainsaw continued to fill the air Thursday, as Justin from Brookside tree, carved up and heave hoed his way through exhaustion. "Yeah, we got some more places to go to," he said. Up in the air, Wyatt Butler spent the day removing damaged panels from wind battered billboards, all the while carefully strapped up. "It ain't the fall that'll kill ya, it's the sudden stop at the bottom," he joked. Also dealing with danger, the multitude of power crews spread out around town. This was the scene yesterday on a West Tulsa street, 24 hours later... "It's going very well, progress is good," said AJ Stubbs. His crew of 38, safely hustling to get the power flowing again. "We're one big happy family out here, we're our brothers keepers out here, this is all we go," he said. And speaking of family... "We run an extension cord from her house over to ours," said Butch Kirby. Butch and his wife both rely on electrically operated medical devices. "Me, if I'm not on that CPAP machine, I'll go to sleep and I quit breathing," he said. So after the storm hit, they ran power from their daughter's place across the street. But then this afternoon... "When you guys walked up, the electric went out here," he said. So they've resorted to the tiny emergency oxygen tank for his wife. "They don't last that long," he said. At the same time, they called the electric company to see if they could be prioritized because of their conditions and learned that there is a program which does that, but you have to sign up for it. "They're going to send papers to us, we got to fill them out," he said. So for now, it's hope for the best. "Things happen, you gotta work with it," he said.ClarificationThe following is from PSO spokesman Stan Whiteford; "We do have a medical awareness program so that we can have information and the ability to communicate with those customers who have health issues and depend on electrically powered medical equipment. However, that program DOES NOT provide priority restoration in case of a power outage. The point of the program is for us to know who those customers are so that we can communicate with them and provide them with the information they need to be prepared for such circumstances. But again, being on that program does not provide prioritized restoration."