Crews working to restore power to Moore


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 5/23/2013 5:37 pm Published: 5/23/2013 3:15 pm


As families in Moore try to pick up the pieces of their tornado-ravaged city, electric crews are working fast to get the power back on.

FOX23’s Sharon Phillips went with crews from OG&E and they tell me that it’s been very slow moving because of the weather, but they will be here through the holiday weekend.

Rain pelted the already-devastated town of Moore early Thursday morning. All electric crews could do was sit by and hope the weather settled down.

“We had our crews ready to go out and they actually left the staging area here, but they had to stay in their vehicles until the lightning cleared the area,” said Kathleen O’Shea with OG &E.

There are over 600 linemen on the ground ready to bring back power to this area, but now another hurdle stands in their way.

“Our lineman can’t go out and work while it’s lightning. It’s too dangerous,” said O’Shea.

FOX23 learned that roughly 6,500 customers are without power because of this tornado.

“We don’t know how many of those are customers who will be able to take the power or not, and that’s what we are trying to work through,” she said.

Along with OG&E, there are several other electric companies here, including some from Louisiana and Texas. They want to remind everyone to never assume a downed power line is dead. The basic rule of thumb is just don’t touch it.

The electric company said it hopes to have power restored to this area in the next five days or so.


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