Historic Ice Storm Causes Damage Unlike Many Have Seen In Edmond


Tuesday, October 27th 2020, 5:24 pm
By: Barry Mangold


EDMOND, Oklahoma -

Edmond city crews and other agencies plan to work overnight Tuesday as more than 1,000 customers are without electricity amid a historic ice storm. 

Neighborhoods were coated in tree limbs on Tuesday following the second wave of the storm. At one point, more than 9,000 lost power, according to the city. 

Trees were “falling at a rate I've never seen,” said Kathleen Tanksley, an Edmond resident for more than 20 years. “I’ve never seen it this bad.” 

As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, roughly 1,100 customers still did not have power in Edmond, according to the city’s outage map

More than 40 linemen from agencies and cities in Eastern Oklahoma, including Tahlequah, Claremore, Skiatook and the Grand River Dam Authority, assisted in Edmond’s effort to turn everyone’s lights back on. 

“Like gunshots going off and ice falling,” said Edmond resident Goerge Adkins of the overnight clamoring of tree limbs falling on his roof. “It’s tremendous. Quite an overture out here.” 

The city government provided updates on Twitter during what it called a “difficult day.” 

“Unfortunately, we can’t provide estimates for specific areas because of the widespread damage,” one post read.