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Oklahoma crews work around the clock to restore power

BY DARLA SLIPKE Modified: February 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm •  Published: February 2, 2010

"It's still a mess," Hardy said. "Debris is everywhere. We're cleaning up and getting lines set up. We had some ice melt yesterday. Hopefully we'll get some more melting today."

A 63-year-old man found dead inside a trailer in Caddo County has been identified.

Virgil Poafpybitty died in his travel trailer where he stayed behind his family's house in southern Caddo County, said Police Chief Rick Decora of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Anadarko.

Poafpybitty lived on land under BIA jurisdiction where power outages remain a problem today.

Saturday night Poafpybitty opted to stay in the trailer instead going inside the house, Decora said.

The trailer is more than 2 miles north of Stecker. The temperature inside the trailer was about 28 degrees when Poafpybitty was found Sunday.

Crews are making progress today restoring power to the area, Decora said.

Three Caddo County towns — Apache, Cyril and Cement — still were without power today at noon.

"It's really bad out there, but they're weathering through it," said Larry McDuffey, director of emergency management for the county.

Rural fire departments and other volunteers have been delivering meals and bottled water to residents, McDuffey said.

A secure juvenile facility in Manitou has been operating on emergency generators since Thursday. Officials said power might be restored to the Southwestern Oklahoma Juvenile Center on Wednesday.

The center also lost its source of water from Frederick today. The pumping station at the reservoir needs a new generator. Without a working generator, officials expect there will not be enough water pressure to have working rest rooms by Wednesday morning. Forty-eight adolescents are at the facility.

CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writers Robert Medley and Julie Bisbee