Tree falls on power lines, knocks out more power

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 7/26/2013 3:35 pm Published: 7/26/2013 3:34 pm

People in midtown have more headaches today after part of a large tree took out multiple power lines near 24th and Norfolk on Friday morning.

Neighbors told FOX23 they heard a loud crash around 3 a.m. and saw the tree crashing down on wires and a snapped power line when they came outside.

Judy Ward loves to stroll through her midtown Tulsa neighborhood. She's lived there for 22 years and finds comfort in the trees surrounding her home.

She said that all changed Friday morning when her neighborhood lost power.

Although most of midtown lost power during Tuesday's storm, Ward said her family had it -- until Friday.

"We were storing our friend's food in our freezer so I think they'll be reciprocating. They have power over towards the fairgrounds so we'll take our food over there," she said.

Tulsa police were blocking off the area with tape when PSO crews arrived to start fixing the downed power lines.

Ward's neighbor Chris Fling said the area is quickly becoming a maze to drive through.

"The city is redoing the sewer and water system here so the streets are all torn up and on top of that you have all the rain and thunder and down trees," he said.

Ward said the noise of the falling tree was startling.

"I guess the soil just gave up and couldn't hold the trees any longer," he said.

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Mayor Maynot - 7/26/2013 8:21 PM
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