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OMPA says downed polls recently inspected
11/7/2013 10:01:50 AM
Last Updated:
7/24/2014 9:11:30 AM

Area crews worked last week to restore power to the Newkirk area after 15 poles were downed during a recent storm.
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

The latest Newkirk electricity outage ended Wednesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. after the city was without power for nearly 48 hours.

 A micro burst from a line of storms Monday just after 5 p.m. was the reported culprit of the power outage.

 According to the OMPA’s Jennifer Rogers, a total of 15 138 kV (thousand volt) transmission line poles were knocked down due to high winds believed to be as high as 70 miles per hour.

 OMPA’s Drake Rice said Monday the downed poles were last inspected in April 2014.

 “Those poles were inspected on April 19, 2014,” Rice said, explaining that the OMPA has a contract with an outside company to inspect power poles.

 Rice said the inspected poles should have lasted another 10-15 years.

 Rice added the 2002 ice storm downed numerous poles on the east side of the Peckham Road feeder line, last Monday’s storm blew down poles on the west side of the feeder line.

 The feeder line is the main power line for the City of Newkirk.

 Rice added that the OMPA gas plant, under construction four miles south of the area, reported winds at 70 miles per hour.

 “Unfortunately, high winds are something we can do little about,” he said.

Rice said the OMPA would like to thank the crews from the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA), Newkirk, Ponca City and Whitnah Construction for assisting OMPA during this restoration effort.

 “These crews worked long hours in order to make sure power was restored to Newkirk,” Rice added.  “We also appreciate the City of Newkirk for their patience and understanding during this situation.”

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