PSO preps for storms

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Updated: 4/11/2013 9:46 am Published: 4/10/2013 11:09 pm

PSO has been preparing for storm damage by trimming back trees to keep them from hitting power lines and then causing power poles to fall. 

“Tree related outages dropped from being the top cause of outages to being like the eighth one on the list, that’s because of the cycle trim,” said PSO’s Stan Whiteford. “We are cutting back trees every four years.”

PSO is in a four year trim cycle, which means they cut back every tree that can touch a power line, that has saved them hard work when recent storms have struck. 

“Compared to the storm damage we have seen in the past, this is nothing,” said a midtown neighbor. 

He has seen the worst damage in 2007 with the ice storm and is relieved to see PSO crews doing all they can to keep the tree limbs away from midtown power lines.

“I would watch the ice crack on the top and then it was like an avalanche,” said the neighbor.  “It would fall on top of the next limb then the next limb and then the ice would become so heavy the tree would collapse.”

Whiteford knows PSO can only plan for so much but it will do all it can to protect and serve its customers.

“We had some pretty gusty winds overnight, but tree problems in Tulsa were virtually nil today (Wednesday),” said Whiteford.  “What this means to customers is more reliable service and the trimming service is cost effective.” 

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