Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 3
January 15, 2017 5:30 p.m.
WINTER WEATHER CONTINUES TO IMPACT STATE
With an ice storm warning and freezing rain advisory still in effect for parts of the state, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated with extended hours for key personnel. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers across the state and continues to coordinate with agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Insurance Department, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A State of Emergency remains in effect for all 77 Oklahoma counties. On Thursday, Governor Mary Fallin issued the declaration in advance of the winter storm. The Executive Order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. The State of Emergency lasts for 30 days.
Beaver County Emergency Management reports the entire county is affected by the freezing rain that moved into the area late last night. The worst area is south and east of the Highway 23 and Highway 412 intersection. More than 1 inch of ice has accumulated on some surfaces, but rain this morning initially kept the roads from freezing. Some roads are impassable due to downed power lines. Many areas of the county are experiencing power outages. Power poles and lines are down south of Elmwood.
Dewey County Emergency Management reports about a half inch of ice has accumulated throughout much of the county. The southeast part of the county has reported the least damage. All towns except Oakwood are reporting power outages. All areas, including the southeast part of the county, are reporting tree damage and debris in roadways.
Ellis County Emergency Management reports the entire county has been affected. Power is being restored, and all towns have at least partial power. Large amounts of debris are reported throughout the county.
Harper County Emergency Management reports trees and power lines are down throughout the county. Some of the worst damage is in and around Buffalo. The hospital and Grace Living Center in Buffalo have power.
Texas County Emergency Management reports the eastern part of the county received light ice last night which continued to accumulate this morning. Sporadic power outages were reported through the morning along with tree damage. Damage assessments are ongoing on the east side of the county while the west side of the county received only rain and no impacts from ice.
Woodward County Emergency Management reports the western half of the county been heavily impacted, including areas in and around Woodward, Fort Supply and Sharon. Debris removal and power restoration are ongoing. Multiple shelters and warming stations are open in the county.
SHELTERS AND MASS CARE
The American Red Cross reports they are supporting a shelter in Harper County at the Methodist Church at 302 W Jane Jayroe Blvd. in Laverne. The shelter will also house and feed 80 linemen.
Two shelters are open in Woodward County:
The Pioneer Room at 1212 9th Street in Woodward (Red Cross managed)
Mooreland Community Center at 115 SE 6th St. in Mooreland (Red Cross supported)
Two locally operated warming centers are open in Ellis County at the fire departments at 202 S. Main Street in Fargo and at 112 Barnes Avenue in Arnett.
In other areas of the state, shelters and American Red Cross volunteers remain on standby to support local communities if needed.
A Red Cross Canteen Team is delivering meals to linemen in Fort Supply.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief is sending chain saw teams, a mobile kitchen, chaplains and other supplies to northwest Oklahoma.
REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE
Dewey County requested one industrial size generator to be delivered to the town of Putnam for use at the senior citizen center.
Industrial size generators and other supplies remain on standby for use by local jurisdictions.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports more than 13,500 power outages across the state.
OG&E Total Outages - 2,776
PSO Total Outages - 1,318
Clinton area: 928
Elk City area (includes Leedy, Canute, Butler, Hammon, Sayre): 380
Northwestern Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 7,558
Northfork Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 691
Roger Mills: 393
Alfalfa Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 510
Cimarron Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 500
Indian Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 110
Kay Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 8
Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 3
Rural Electric Cooperative Total Outages - 2
Garvin, McClain counties
MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITIES
Fairview: approximately 70
Laverne: 1/3 without power
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports all highways and interstates in Oklahoma are clear at this time.
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call ODOT's ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-465-4997 or go to www.okroads.org. For turnpike information, call the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.
For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 9-1-1 for emergencies.