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Situation Update: Winter Storm and Flooding Impacting State

Due to the hazardous weather conditions, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated for extended hours. OEM is in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with numerous agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma National Guard, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

WEATHER UPDATE

Another round of snow is expected tonight across much of western and central Oklahoma. Snow accumulation up to two inches is likely for these areas. Dry and cold conditions will persist the remainder of the work week.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

The State of Emergency declared by Gov. Mary Fallin on Nov. 29 has been extended for an additional 30 days for all 77 counties. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

INJURIES AND FATALITIES

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 5 people have died as a result of severe weather that began Saturday.

  • Female, 38 years old, Oklahoma City
  • Female, 66 years old, Yukon
  • Male, age not identified, Kay County
  • Male, 36 years old, Pittsburg County
  • Female, 54 years old, Bixby

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 104 storm-related injuries have been treated by Oklahoma hospitals.

  • Falls: 58
  • Transportation related: 30
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning: 9
  • Cut/Pierce: 3
  • Other: 4

SHELTERS AND WARMING STATIONS

American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open:

  • First Baptist Church, 729 East St., Snyder
  • Medicine Park Community Center, 19001 Highway 49, Medicine Park
  • El Reno YMCA, 2200 Babcock, El Reno
  • Church of Christ, 913 W. Will Rogers, Kingfisher
  • Cameron Baptist Church, 2621 S.W. C Ave., Lawton

Eleven people stayed at shelters Monday night.

The following warming stations are operated or supported by American Red Cross

  • The Non-Profit Center, 114 S. Independence St., Enid
  • Summers Nursing Home, 119 N. 6th St. in Okeene
  • Hunter Community Center, 101 Buffalo Rd., Hunter

The following warming stations are operated by The Salvation Army:

  • 516 N. Independence Ave. in Enid
  • 318 E. Hayes in Norman
  • 1001 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in Oklahoma City

The following locally operated warming stations are open:

  • Cashion Fire Department, 402 N. Main, Cashion
  • Bible Baptist Church, 226 South 29th St. in Chickasha
  • First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Washington, Hobart
  • Snowhill Baptist Church, 11 S. Morgan Rd. in Tuttle
  • 111 N. Weigle in Watonga
  • The Pioneer Center, 1000 Gartrell Place, Weatherford

More than 80 people visited warming stations Monday evening.

RESOURCE REQUESTS

Fourteen industrial size generators have been deployed to assist local cities and counties to provide power to warming stations, shelters and water facilities. Additional generators are being deployed today.  

POWER OUTAGES

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports approximately 84,000 power outages statewide.

Municipal Electric Utilities – Total: 5,003

  • Pond Creek: 630
  • Watonga: 767
  • Okeene: 643
  • Frederick: 1,900
  • Geary: 675
  • Manitou: 93
  • Olustee: 295

PSO – Total: 19,322
Largest outage areas:  

  • Lawton, Cache – 1,506
  • Tuttle, Elgin, Cyril, Chickasha, Binger areas 7,576
  • Weatherford, Thomas, Corn, Hinton – 3,316
  • Altus, Snyder, Hollis, Tipton, Duke, Headrick – 4,045
  • Carnegie, Hobart, Lone Wolf, Sentinel, Mountain View, Dill City, Roosevelt, Gotebo, Granite – 2,103
  • Canute, Elk City, Erick – 449
  • Clinton, Foss – 449
  • Tulsa – 106

OG&E – Total: 23,318
Largest outage areas:

  • OKC - 4,769
  • El Reno - 3,045
  • Forest Park - 1,974
  • Arcadia - 1,955
  • Piedmont - 1,223
  • Yukon - 916
  • Hunter - 848
  • Southard - 768
  • Hennessey - 749
  • Enid - 697
  • Okarche - 678
  • Lahoma - 568

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative - Total: 1,941
Largest outage areas:

  • Aline – 248
  • Jet – 229
  • Wakita – 167
  • Burlington – 164
  • Nash – 159
  • Medford – 123
  • Alva – 113
  • Ringwood – 107
  • Carmen – 101

Caddo Electric Cooperative - Total: 12,882
Counties:

  • Caddo – 7,193
  • Canadian – 3,455
  • Comanche – 216
  • Grady – 444
  • Kiowa – 512
  • Washita – 587

Central Rural Electric Cooperative - Total: 182
Largest outages by county:

  • Logan – 33
  • Noble – 123

Cimarron Electric Cooperative - Total: 9,693
Largest outage areas:

  • Kingfisher – 1,355
  • Watonga – 894
  • Okarche – 672
  • Geary – 411
  • Hennessey – 397
  • Canton – 363
  • Okeene – 334
  • El Reno – 318
  • Dover – 313
  • Fay – 298
  • Calumet – 296
  • Piedmont – 283
  • OKC – 495
  • Cashion – 211   

Cotton Electric Cooperative - Total: 4,117
Largest outages by county:             

  • Comanche – 3,097
  • Cotton – 410
  • Tillman – 344 

Lake Region Electric Cooperative - Total: 162
Largest outages by county:

  • Cherokee – 160

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - Total: 4,018
Largest outage areas:

  • Chickasha – 1,158
  • Yukon – 620
  • Tuttle – 499
  • Mustang – 455
  • Pocasset – 371
  • Amber – 319

People’s Electric Cooperative - Total: 43
Largest outage area: Stratford

Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative - Total: 32
Largest outage area: Pawhuska

Indian Electric Cooperative - Total: 30
Largest outage areas: Pawhuska, Bowring

Kay Electric Cooperative - Total: 3,217
Largest outage areas by county:

  • Kay – 1,201
  • Grant – 504
  • Noble – 120
  • Kaw City Limits - 107
  • Osage – 103
  • Garfield - 69  

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - Total: 30
Outage areas: Bernice, Rose, Salina, Jay, Pryor

ROAD CONDITIONS

As highways continue to clear with warmer temperatures arriving today, Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews have salt and sand operations remaining in seven western Oklahoma counties. These operations generally are for remaining icy spots as highways generally are improving. Interstate conditions statewide are dry and clear at this time.

The largest area of slick and hazardous conditions remaining is reported between Fairview and Chester along US-60 and SH-58/SH-8 in Major County. Additionally, crews continue to remove snow drifts in Dewey, Washita, Blaine and Roger Mills counties this morning. Other salt/sand operations for icy patches continue in Woodward and Ellis counties.

Road closures due to downed power lines after the weekend ice storm continue to dwindle as utility companies finish repairs in central Oklahoma.

While snow and ice conditions continue to evaporate, several highways remain closed in eastern Oklahoma due to flooding. Some closures may last several days while waiting for water to recede. Use caution and slower speeds near ramps and low-lying areas where standing water has accumulated. Do not drive into standing water on a highway.

ODOT recommends drivers check their new interactive highway conditions map at www.okroads.org or call 1-844-4OKHWYS (844-465-4997) to “Know B4 U Go.”

DIAL 211

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.