Mayor Bartlett tours storm damage

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Updated: 7/24/2013 5:26 pm Published: 7/24/2013 11:15 am

Mayor Dewey Bartlett toured storm damage on Wednesday afternoon.

Bartlett said the city is focused on safety and making sure Tulsans are safe from risk cleaning up storm debris and as crews work to restore power.

On Wednesday morning the city of Tulsa held a news conference on storm damage situation.

PSO officials said at the height of the storm there were 100,000 customers without power, that number is slowly going down.

Officials said it could be a multi-day process to get all the power restored. The hardest hit area is midtown Tulsa and most of the outages are in the Tulsa metro.

Anyone with outages or who spots a line down needs to report it to 888-218-3919.

Resources are coming from surrounding states to help.

The city of Tulsa is still working to determine how extensive the damage is and to determine the process for cleaning up debris.

Mayor Bartlett urged people to call the Mayor’s Action Line to report trees in streets, that number is 918-596-COPS.

Bartlett also encouraged Tulsans to check on their neighbors.

Police are operating under business as usual, working to help with traffic congestion due to traffic lights being out and monitoring businesses without power.

The Tulsa Fire Department said they experienced a huge spike in calls during the storm, which led to some delays.

The crews were responding to 8 to 10 house fires burning at one point on Tuesday night.

One firefighter using a chainsaw to clear debris was cut and needed stitches.

Now TFD resources are working on downed power lines with PSO.

Fire chief Scotty Clark said the 911 system ‘got cremated’ on Tuesday night; it’s just not designed to handle that large of a spike.

Mayor Bartlett agreed saying the system is fine, but the spike in calls was extreme.

Bartlett also encouraged Tulsans to check on their neighbors and if possible clean storm drains to prevent street flooding in the possibility of more rain.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/24/2013 10:33 PM
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Having a broadcast to victims of the storm who have no electricity #8^]] That's the kind of genius mayor we have :-(

Mayor Maynot - 7/24/2013 6:57 PM
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Will he tour by car or helicopter???
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