Electricity is restored, clean up begins

By Sunday, electric power had been restored to an estimated 100,000 homes in Tulsa following a violent summer storm last Thursday.

The last areas to be without power were OG&E customers in areas around Glenpool and Sapulpa.

The high winds produced an enormous amount of debris and city officials are analyzing much of South Tulsa to see how to best get rid of the downed trees and limbs.

Residents who want to drop off limbs at the Tulsa Mulch Facility at 2100 N. 145th East Ave. can do so without cost if they show a Tulsa utility bill or a driver’s license with a Tulsa address.

Property owners can call 918-596-9777 for the city to come pick up debris for a fee, beginning at $10.

On August 1, the City of Broken Arrow will have free residential brush and tree limb pickup. They must be cut in lengths of eight feet or less and placed on the curb by July 31. It could take several weeks for the effort to be completed.

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 35 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that began July 13.

The counties included in the governor’s declaration are: Adair, Beckham, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Kay, Kingfisher, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

Fallin’s executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

The governor also signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the requirements for size and weights permits of oversized vehicles that are transporting materials and supplies used for storm relief.

Southern Baptist Rapid Response Assessment Teams were in the field after severe storms caused damage to homes and businesses in Fort Gibson, Muskogee, Sand Springs and Sapulpa.

Initial reports indicate roofs damaged to businesses and streets and driveways blocked by downed trees, with some homes having trees on their roofs, said Sam Porter, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief Director.

“Our trained volunteers are always ready to serve people in need in the name of the Lord,” said Porter.