Pole collapse causes power outage Thursday

According to a June 23 press release from Tri-County Electric, a downed power pole near Guymon was the cause of Thursday night's blackout.

The press release read in part: “A summer storm that tore through the region last night with wind gusts exceeding 80 mph caused widespread power outages across the Oklahoma Panhandle.

At 8:38 p.m. on Thursday evening, a summer storm toppled a double-circuit transmission pole north of Guymon. The downed pole caused an outage from Hooker to Felt affecting approximately 5,000 meters. Additional outages from Hooker east to Beaver affected approximately 6,000 meters.

‘Crews responded quickly and worked throughout the night to restore power,” said Tri-County Electric Manager of Customer Service Roy Smothermon. “They were able to get power restored to all substations from Hooker east to Beaver by 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from Hooker west to Felt by 4:49 a.m. on Friday.”'

Boise City was plunged into the dark, but Cimarron memorial went to it's emergency backup generator.

The county's emergency services didn't fare so well.

The Cimarron County Sheriff's Office, home to the emergency dispatching services went black as well. Communication to Sheriff's and Police crusiers came to a standstill as did the cities'emergency warning systems.


With a generator borrowed from Terrell and Linda Gray, Cimarron county Sheriff Keith Borth was able to furnish power enough for a light and a 12-volt two-way radio. the office could then communicate through the Mutual Aid channel to deputies and Highway patrol Trooper Duane Johnson who relayed any pertinent information to Guymon by tele-type through an on board computer.

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