“Everything is just chaotic,” Some small Oklahoma towns still without power after ice storm

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OKLAHOMA - Many Oklahoma residents are still left in the dark.

Some small towns are overwhelmingly without power.

Across the state, more than 37,000 Oklahomans are still without power - the vast majority split between OG&E, Caddo and Cimarron customers.

Folks in Okarche are among the thousands still feeling the impact from this weekend’s storms.

Repair trucks are everywhere you look.

Crews were busy Wednesday clearing downed power lines and fixing leaning poles all over Okarche.

Downtown, stoplights are out, and most businesses are closed.

A generator kept work going at Carter Chevrolet on Main street.

Sales manager Jason Leck had his laptop fired up in the dark.

“We put a generator up Tuesday and have been running off internet and one computer,” Leck said.

In fact, a lot of their business is done online, and they’ve taken their merchandise to their customers.

“We’ve done a lot of delivered vehicles, taking vehicles to show people to other places outside Okarche where there’s power,” Leck said.

Ice knocked out power all over Okarche, affecting customers of two different electric companies.

“Everything is just chaotic,” said Bob Dougherty.

People are improvising to keep warm.

“Depending on what we wanted to do, we had to unplug a little stove in one place and a microwave in another, so we could watch TV, because whatever pulls the most wattage will pull everything else,” Dougherty said.

Everyone who buys a car from Carter Chevrolet gets free Eischen’s fried chicken but, with the power outage keeping the legendary restaurant closed, Carter customers are getting vouchers.

“Everyone gets their fried chicken and bellies are warm,” Leck said.

The Okarche staple is good for another time when the ice finally melts and the lights are back on.

OG&E is reporting nearly 700 customers without power in Okarche, and Cimarron Electric is reporting about 500 customers without power there.

That’s three quarters of customers Cimarron serves.