PAWNEE, Okla. — Thousands of customers in Green Country remain without power following the earliest ice storm recorded in state history.
Nearly a quarter of an inch of ice glazed trees and branches in areas from Pawnee to Hominy and Pawhuska to Bartlesville causing them to bow over powerlines leaving thousands without power and heat.
“This ought to be December January is normally when we have this type of weather,” said Jerry Roberts, Osage County Emergency Management Director.
Indian Electric Cooperative, one of the largest providers in Osage and Pawnee counties is reporting 4,3955 customers without power as of Wednesday at 1:07 p.m.
Electric crews worked overnight to free up power lines to get power back on.
“As you are aware, it is a War Zone out there with fallen trees and tree limbs,” the city of Pawnee said in a Facebook post Tuesday. “This is going to be a massive job, if your Home Owners Insurance will allow you to hire this done, please do so, as the City has limited resources. If you can volunteer to help your neighbor, Please Do So, as this is going to take the whole community to recover from this.”
Wintry weather has since moved out of northeastern Oklahoma, but rain will continue through Thursday, according to the FOX23 Severe Weather Team.
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