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PSO crews near complete with Idabel power restoration

PSO crews near complete with Idabel power restoration. (Courtesy Public Service Company of Oklahoma)
PSO crews near complete with Idabel power restoration. (Courtesy Public Service Company of Oklahoma)
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The Public Service Company of Oklahoma said crews have nearly completed all repairs as of 6 p.m. Sunday night in the Idabel area after a tornado struck Friday night.

PSO said crews will continue working until all customers have their power restored.

"PSO sustained substantial damage to our system across our southeast service area including transmission structures, broken poles, cross-arms, and downed wires," the company said in a press release.

Power outages peaked around 9 p.m. Friday with approximately 2,347 customers without power in the southeastern portion of PSO’s service area.

As of 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 6, approximately 90% of those who can take service have been restored. Estimated restoration times for remaining customers may be adjusted depending on additional development, PSO said.

"Restoration efforts are hampered by storm damage blocking access to our work areas. Multiple downed lines are buried underneath debris including about one mile of feeder line that serves the Eagletown area. Heavy machinery including a mechanized giraffe has been brought in to clear away brush so that crews can continue the restoration effort. Wet or water-logged soil has made fieldwork difficult by restricting the mobility of equipment and crews," PSO said.

Some customers have experienced extensive property damage and may not be able to accept service once power is restored.

PSO says the Idabel area should have all of its power restored between 8 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday. Eagletown should have power back on Monday depending on the specific property location.

More specific restoration times for those areas listed will be noted on PSO’s outage information page as they become available.


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