Blizzard leaves thousands in NW OK without power

Posted on: 10:23 pm, February 26, 2013, by , updated on: 11:00am, February 27, 2013

BLAINE COUNTY, Okla. – Thousands are still without power following Monday’s blizzard.

Paul and Robbi Reinart are using a generator to power their home, which is located just north of Watonga.

They lost power Monday afternoon.

“Got gas and got everything fired back up; got the house warmed back up,” Paul Reinart said.

Cimarron Electric Cooperative estimates that nearly 11,000 customers lost power.

Across the area, CEO Mark Snowden said there are at least 125 downed power poles that need to be replaced.

The wind, snow, and ice snapped some of the poles.

As of Tuesday night, crews restored power to some customers, but nearly 5,100 were still in the dark. Snowden said the snow is making it difficult for work crews.

“The difference we face here than with a spring storm is the amount of snow and sloppy-muddy roads,” Snowden said. “We are having to put a dozer with each crew to clear the roads.”

Cimarron Electric hopes to have power restored by the end of the week.