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Konawa basketball coach Gordon Garner and Latta basketball coach Donny Husband appear ghostly as they are illuminated by a combination of exit signs, cell phones, flashlights, and camera flashes during a power failure at the Latta gym Tuesday night.

Richard R. Barron
AdaEveningNews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Several parts of Pontotoc and Garvin Counties were left in the dark Tuesday evening.

Officials with People’s Electric Cooperative are still investigating what caused six substations to shut down just after 5 p.m. Peoples Electric Cooperative Spokesperson Monica Cowart said PEC lost substations in Pauls Valley, Stratford, Oil Center, Latta and two other locations.

“We had about six or seven thousand customers off,” Cowart said. “All of those except our Oil Center substation, which was about a thousand customers, were restored at about six-thirty.”

Cowart said the power was restored to most Oil Center customers by 7:45 p.m. but around 150 customers were without power until 9:30 p.m.

“The problem is on the transmission system which is Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative, our power supplier, and unfortunately when that happens, our crews don’t work on that,” Cowart said.

“What our crews did was go to work on rerouting the electricity. The way they restored the substations that they restored was to reroute the electricity from other substations.”

Cowart said this was the only way to fix the problem for PEC customers because Western Farmer’s transmission lines were still off Wednesday.

“Oil Center’s sub is still dead this morning,” Cowart said. “Western has had crews from Anadarko here overnight, they have crews coming in from Shawnee and McAlester this morning and they're still driving out their system trying to figure out what’s going on. It’s a much bigger problem than just a little thing out here for us.”

Cowart said once Western Farmer’s gets its transmission system fixed, power will be routed back the way it normally runs. She said they are not sure if the inclement weather had anything to do with the transmission failures.

“At this point we don’t know,” Cowart said. “Probably as windy as it was, that will have something to do with it.”

Cowart said the problem could be very small and hard to locate but they should have better luck in the light of day today.

“Honestly I don’t have a clue what their problem is at this point.”

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