NORMAN — City officials said what they learned from a massive ice storm in December 2007 may have helped them better weather the storm that moved through Norman this week.
"We’ve had less power outages, and they’re of shorter duration. I think that’s a result of what we learned in 2007. We learned the importance of tree-trimming,” said police officer Jennifer Newell. The city and the electric companies have worked to keep trees trimmed near power lines and in the public rights of way, Newell said. Almost 2,000 residents had experienced power outages by Friday afternoon, but most of them were of short duration, Newell said. Electric companies were to continue working to prevent outages today. A portion of W Robinson Street between 24th Avenue NW and Berry Road was closed Friday because of a water line break about 6 a.m. The roadway was flooded, "turning it into a skating rink,” Newell said. City crews hoped to have the water line repaired by late afternoon, but that portion of Robinson was to remain closed because of hazardous conditions, she said.