Power Back on for Most of Area

The lights are back on for most panhandle residents after all that snow knocked out electricity to thousands of customers. 

Xcel Energy representative Wes Reeves tells us fewer than one hundred people are still in the dark in our viewing area, particularly in rural places near Dumas and Borger.

He says  muddy conditions there have slowed repairs. Crews continue rebuilding power lines in those areas.

Power has been restored to at least five towns in the Oklahoma Panhandle after the area's second major winter storm in two weeks.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten says today power was restored to the towns of Boise City, Texhoma, Tyrone, Turpin and Hooker by about 11:30 p-m yesterday.

She says that at one point, 5-thousand Tri-County Electric Cooperative customers had been without power.

The storm, which moved out of the area yesterday, dropped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow in western portions of the Panhandle.

It came only days after an ice storm on December 19th and 20th that officials say caused almost 1 (m) million dollars in damage in Texas County, one of three counties in the Panhandle.

Ooten says no fatalities or injuries due to the storm have been reported.