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Another Look At Storm Cleon Like the ice storm of 2000, this too shall pass


W


hen a storm of Cleon’s magnitude hits an area, there


is seemingly no end to it. On December 6, 2013, Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) crews began assessing the impact of the ice storm. Additional crews were called in from Canadian Valley Electric, Cimarron Electric, Cookson Hills Electric, Lake Region Electric, Northeast Oklahoma Electric, Oklahoma Electric, People’s Electric, Verdigris Valley Electric, Utility Plus and Northeast Right of Way. All were previously notified to be on standby. That began the process of implementing the storm restoration plan prepared by the board of trustees, management


in the remote area of Little River Ranch, which was very hard hit.


BY TERRY MATLOCK CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


“If you had a meter pole broken and were the only home in the dark while others near you got power, your location is likely the reason. “


and staff of your cooperative.


The initial evaluation showed approximately 10,000 consumers lost power during the storm.


Within four days of the storm’s onset, the outage count was down to around 500 consumers. Temperatures remained below freezing during this period. Poles and lines continued to go down, and outage numbers fluctuated up and down for the next day or so. By Wednesday, day six of the storm, there were about 300 consumers out of power. Temperatures finally climbed above 32°F., the ice began melting and the weight was released from lines and poles, however the ground was now saturated, making it hard to reach certain areas without getting stuck. By Sunday December 15, the outage number was down to around 250, with 100 or so located


The method used to restore power to our members focused first on clearing the main feeder lines running from the substations. Once power was restored to those feeders, crews worked on repairing large single phase lines that serve the bulk of CEC’s members. Keep in mind, as the ice melted causing trees and limbs to bounce back into the feeders, crews had to go back and restore power to these lines before they could see if the downed lines would stay on. In some areas, this “back and forth”went on for several days before any stability was established.


A member’s location in relation to CEC feeder lines explains why power is restored


to some homes before others. The more remote your location, the longer you may have to wait. If you had a meter pole broken and were the only one in the dark while others near you got power, your location is likely the reason. CEC crews tried to concentrate on the broken poles that affected the most members first. This method allows us to get as many people on as quickly as possible.


In several instances, meter loops were installed on poles with the meter can located on the side of the house. Co-op crews were not comfortable energizing these home for fear that damage inside could present a safety hazard. Once inspected and/or repaired by an electrician, the meter can on the house could be slugged and Cont’d on pg 7.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Mike Bailey, President Bob Hodge, Vice President


Rodney Lovitt , Secretary Treasurer MEMBERS


Bill McCain Henry Baze Bob Holley


Buddy Anderson Joe Briscoe


Larry Johnson MANAGEMENT AND STAFF


Terry Matlock, Chief Executive Officer Susan G. Wall, Executive Assistant Jia Johnson, Director of Public Relations Tonia Allred, Benefits Specialist


Jimmie K. Ainsworth, Director of Finance and Accounting


Jim Malone, Director of Operations Darrell Ward, District Supervisor


HUGO OFFICE PO Box 758 Hwy 93 North


Hugo, Oklahoma 74743


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 326-6486 FAX (580) 326-2492


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm IDABEL OFFICE


2114 SE Washington Idabel, Oklahoma 74745


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 286-7155


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm


ANTLERS OFFICE HC 67 Box 62


Antlers, Oklahoma 74523 (One mile east of Antlers)


Toll Free: (800) 780-6486 Local: (580) 298-3201


Monday-Friday • 8 am - 5 pm On the Web:


www.choctawelectric.coop


24 Hour Outage Hotline 800-780-6486


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