Outages winding down in Broken Arrow, shrinking in Tulsa
By John Dobberstein, Editor
Public Service Company of Oklahoma is continuing to whittle away at power outages in the Tulsa metro, with the total at about 87,000 on Wednesday as a result of Sunday’s windstorm.
PSO expects to have the vast majority of all customers impacted by the storm to be restored between now and Saturday. Customers can view real-time outage and restoration information by visiting psoklahoma.com.
Over 3,500 utility workers from around the country are actively working on the restoration effort.
Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, joined Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and other local officials Wednesday to tour areas that were damaged by recent storms.
The pro tem, who is acting governor, declared a state of emergency yesterday.
Treat said the damage is “unimaginable” and pledged to do whatever the state can to help cities recover.
“I have been in communication with the Department of Emergency Management, leaders in the impacted communities and tribal officials to ensure Oklahomans are getting the resources they need,” Pro Tem Treat said. “The storms have devastated these communities, and the result is heartbreaking. Oklahomans still without power are encouraged to seek out a cooling shelter or other resources that are available,” he said.
“I thank all the first responders and those who continue to step up during this time of need for Oklahomans. When we see these kinds of tragic events play out, the one thing we can always count on is Oklahomans helping Oklahomans.”
PSO is coordinating with local emergency management authorities and will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds. If you have questions related to your PSO power, call 1-833-776-7697 (1-833-PSO-POWR) or visit our website at psoklahoma.com/outages.
In Broken Arrow there were 2,296 customers without power at mid-afternoon Wednesday.
PSO said it has received reports of scammers calling customers asking for money to restore power. Those who receive this type of call should hang up.
Traffic signals in Broken Arrow are operational as power has been restored to all intersections in Broken Arrow.
PSO crews are on scene at 209th East Avenue between 31st and 41st streets, where there was extensive damage to infrastructure. The road is still closed while the crew works on repairs.
City Splash Pads
Power has been restored to Sieling and Preserve parks and all splash pads are operational. The interactive water feature at the Rose District Plaza is offline due to equipment repairs.
Cooling stations have been established at the following locations in Broken Arrow:
- Central Park Community Center, 1500 S. Main St. (normal business hours)
- Nienhuis Park Community Center, 3201 N. 9th St. (normal business hours)
- HomeChurch, 720 W. New Orleans St. (lobby open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday)
- Broken Arrow Neighbors, 315 W. College St. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Medical Device Charging
Public Safety Complex, 1101 N. 6th St. (normal business hours)
Trash, Recycling, Debris Collections
Residents may take green waste to the Standup Mulch Site at East Latimer Street and North 89th East Avenue.
- Free for residential customers
- Take a photo ID and a copy of most recent utility bill
- Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Those who do not want to take your debris to the mulch site, the city's Solid Waste and Recycling Department will collect storm debris in 4-foot bundles that you place at your curb.
During the week of June 26-30, the city will pause recycling collections to focus on removal of tree debris. Please do not place blue carts at the curb during this week. Solid Waste placed in the black cart will be collected.
Why 4-foot bundles?
First and foremost, it is a requirement of the green waste site that the city offloads the storm debris. Another reason is that longer pieces could interfere with the arm of the grapple truck and damage the hydraulic line.
Bundling it in 4-feet pieces allows our crews to safely, quickly, and efficiently remove the debris from your property and all properties in the community.
Story in Tulsa
Tulsa police are continuing with increased patrols overnight, especially in areas without power. Police will write traffic citations for drivers not following traffic laws at intersections without power and intersections with 4-way stop signs.
Ice distribution site opens Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Church on the Move, 1003 N. 129th E. Ave., South Entrance I.
Weatherhead permitting costs have been waived. Contact your electrician for reimbursement.
Multiple cooling stations and shelters are open across the Tulsa metro for anyone without power needing a place to cool down or charge their phones and/or medical devices.
• Trees in the roadway and waterline breaks: (918) 596-9488
• Sewer overflow: (918) 586-6999
• Power outage or downed lines: Online or call (833) 776-6884
• Gas leaks: Call 911 after evacuating the area
MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF: Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin put out a message to the public earlier today. View it here: https://www.facebook.com/tulsapolice/videos/725417266256857