With the sudden impact from the ice storm recently power and heat was shut off in the Stephens County area. As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday most of Duncan, Velma and Comanche have gotten their electricity back up and running. As for Central High, Bray and Marlow, Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said that he heard that it may be a week at least for those towns to get power. Other reports from Karen Kaley, media specialist for Cotton Electric, said it could be just a few days for power to be restored.

“The damage in the Northern Stephens County are is quite extensive,” Kaley said. “The Duncan, Stephens (County), Bray and Marlow substations are without power.”

After the substations receive power the next step is for the poles and wires that are down to be assessed.

“There are 1,000 poles that are down,” Kaley said. “This alone is going to take some time to get fixed.”

Kaley said Saturday that there were 14,000 Cotton Electric customers without power, 6,351 of those customers are in the Stephens County area. She then noted that the first structures that will be dealt with are the structures that serve the most people.

“The substations are our first priority because they serve the most people,” Kaley said. “Then after we get those take care of we will take care of the secondary lines serving just a few customers.”

McKinney said that there has been one solution to the power outage problem.

“There is a power line that comes from Lawton that isn’t using that much energy right now,” McKinney said. “PSO is using this line at the moment restoring power in some homes while they work on the main line that comes from Chickasha to Marlow.”

Duncan Mayor Gene Brown said that some peoples concerns have been food spoiling and pets and farm animals freezing. He said that while these are valid concerns, he said that the most important concern is that the electric crews do their job in a safe quick manner.

“We just want to be sure that our electrical crews are safe in doing their jobs,” Brown said. “If they are safe the power will be restored more efficiently.”

— Matt Tillson is a reporter for the Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 Ext. 142 or via e-mail at matt.tillson@duncanbanner.com.

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