Oklahoma Electric Cooperative: Ice Storm Response

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When the state of Oklahoma suffered the largest outage in its history, Davey Resource Group (DRG) was on hand to help restore power to tens of thousands of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) customers affected by ice storms in December 2007.

A DRG consulting utility forester worked with linemen and helped coordinate and direct tree crews to areas where outages occurred. Approximately 43,000 of the 45,000 cooperative members throughout six central Oklahoma counties were affected. The storm caused precipitation to freeze on trees and power lines, bringing the lines down, snapping poles and cutting off power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses or 40 percent of the population, according to reports.

The DRG forester, who worked more than 100 hours during the first week after the storm, regularly performs line clearance work planning and notification for OEC.

DRG also helped with Federal Emergency Management Agency efforts in cleaning up brush trimmed during storm response work. The forester used Davey's ROWKeeper Work Planning Software to map where brush and possible hazards remained.

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