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Outages don’t leave Oklahoma towns powerless

BY DARLA SLIPKE Published: January 31, 2010
Oklahomans who found themselves without power after this past week’s ice storms are working together to ride out the outages.

Purcell resident Denice Davis lost power to her home Thursday afternoon and had to get a ride to her job because more than half a foot of snow was blocking her way out.

"It’s a pretty serious situation down here,” Davis said. "We have tree limbs down everywhere.”

Saturday evening, more than 115,000 customers were without power, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported.

Davis said everyone in Purcell looks out for one another. Her daughter is an administrator at Sunset Estates nursing home. Several people who aren’t residents came there to sleep and get warm, she said.

"Everybody here has really opened their doors.”

Residents in Comanche County, many of whom have been without power for several days, are staying optimistic, a county official said.

"We’re keeping them informed of what efforts are going on,” said Chris Killmer, spokesman for the county. "They’re being patient and most people are being self-sufficient, whether that’s waiting it out or going to a friend or family member’s house.”

Firefighters, city and county officials have been checking on elderly residents and keeping them informed, Killmer said.

With almost all residents of Jackson County without power Saturday, the Altus emergency manager is urging people to be patient.


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