Winter storm brings power loss

At about 4 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 1, Tri-County Electric Cooperative lost power to three substations in Cimarron County when wet snow, ice and high winds caused transmission wires to dump together, causing the transmission breaker at Doolin substation to open.

Before the night was through, Tri-County Electric lost more than 100 poles, causing more than 5,500 accounts to be without power. Tri-County crews restored power for all but about 500 accounts by 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Most of the over 100 poles lost were in the Optima-Adams area, with individual outages across the Panhandle.

“Our employees have worked through the night to get all but the 500 meters powered,” stated Roy Smothermon, Manager of Customer Service with Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

“Our crews, along with crews from Northwestern Electric Cooperative in Woodward and Cimarron Electric Cooperative in Kingfisher continue today putting poles in the air to get power to the rest of the accounts,” Smothermon added.

Tri-County electric was founded in 1945 and provides electricity to three primary counties: Cimarron, Texas and Beaver in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The company supplies service to approximately 11,491 meters with more than 4,339 miles of distribution and transmission lines.


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