Crews Still Working To Restore Power After Severe Storms Sweep Through Metro

Monday, July 13th 2020, 7:38 pm
By: Hunter McKee

Linemen worked all weekend to get the lights and air conditioning back on for families following severe storms.

“It was real hot, it was unbearable almost,” said Art Guerra, a Norman resident.

Heavy rain and high winds swept through the state over the weekend, leaving thousands without power.

“Find out how long and at first they were saying it was going to take almost two days,” said Guerra. “For it to just happen one day was all good.”

Progress has been made since the weekend. Crews have replaced 90 poles, 41 crossarms, and 67 transformers.

“There was a very loud bang,” said Zac Brouillette. “Almost an electric pulse type bang that I heard. At that point all the power in the house went out.”

Brouillette lives in the southeast side of Norman and said his neighborhood took heavy wind damage Saturday night. The next morning, he said there were tree branches and debris scattered across the neighborhood.

Another Norman resident said after being without power for over 24 hours she finally got it back earlier today.

“It was really hot last night, we’ve got a two-story house, so the heat goes to the second floor where all the bedrooms are,” said Emory Scymanski.

Officials with OG&E said on Monday crews are able to work more in neighborhood areas and backyards clearing more tree limbs and power lines. They said for those still without power, they’re providing cool zones.