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December 2015 www.cimarronelectric.com Past Winter Storms Allow Upgrades Today! It was February 23rd, 2013.


A major ice event had 2500 miles of Cimarron Electric lines on the ground. 862 broken poles. It was bad. Second worse ice event in Cimarron’s history. Dozers were dragging trucks down terrible roads. Lots of members without pow- er from Kingfisher to Fairview.


On April 8th, 2013, this ice event was declared a federal disaster, which made disaster related grants available.


Financial help would be avail- able if our damage qualified. We hired Guernsey Engineer- ing to come out and assess our 2500 miles of line that was on the ground. We wanted to see how much of our disaster would qualify for grants.


The Homeland Security Ad- ministration (HSA),The Fed- eral Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Emergency Man- agement (OEM) inspectors verified Guernseys findings in May of 2013. This is when we started the process of applying for the funds to strengthen and harden our system.


Ice causes problems when it falls, but also when it thaws & refreezes


Through the Disaster As- sistance 9580.6 plan, lots of different criteria is used to determine if line qualifies for upgrading or replacement. The amount of splices in a mile, the condition of the wire, poles and hardware, etc. All of these and more are used in a formula to determine needs.


Of the 2500 miles down, we had 1249 miles of line ap- proved for full mitigation funds (full replacement). These lines are being upgraded to a higher standard of strengh and toughness.Some line just didn’t qualify for full replace- ment. Those lines are repaired and resagged, but not re- placed.


We are very appreciative of the grants we receive from Home- land Security, FEMA and OEM. They allow us to upgrade these qualified lines at about 25 percent of normal cost.


Ice is very heavy. These lines are almost down to the ground.


Many members have asked why we may replace several miles of line, and then there are a few miles that are not? We are working the lines that qualified for full replacement first.


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