OPPD surpasses overnight goal; outages fall to 5,600

8:15 p.m.

Outages dropped considerably this evening, numbering approximately 1,600 at this time. Crews worked on complex, backyard restoration that are time took multiple hours. That work will continue tomorrow

OPPD will continue to contact individual customers about the status of their outage if they have not yet had power restored.

3:45 p.m.

The number of outages is falling this afternoon as more than 900 crew members and personnel continue to work to restore power.

About 3,700 customers are without power at this hour.

We know how difficult it is for customers to deal with a prolonged power outage, and we are working as quickly and safely as possible to complete restoration.

1:15 p.m.

A brief thunderstorm that moved through the south rural portion of the OPPD service territory has caused an uptick in outage numbers. This outage is affecting approximately 600 customers in that area.

The cause of the outage in Richardson County has been found and a crew is addressing it as quickly and safely as possible. As a result of this additional outage, the current number of customers without power stands at 4,473.

11:15 a.m.

Progress continues today, with outage numbers now totaling 5,025 customers.

Local food pantries are providing help to those that lost food during the extended power outages this week. OPPD knows this situation has been tough on many of our customers and we are working to put you in touch with community resources.

Below is a list of resources available to help you restock your refrigerator.

Food Pantry Resources

Thursday, July 15, 2021 7:15 a.m.

OPPD crews and mutual aid surpassed our goal of 96.3% restoration by midnight last night. There are currently 5,622 customers without power.

Some reminders to customers as the day begins:

  • If your power is out, please report your outage as soon as possible. If your power is still out and you have not received a phone call or email from us, please first report your outage at oppd.com or via our mobile OPPDConnect app.
  • Help our crews work safely and efficiently. It can be tempting to talk with our workers when they are working to restore power. Please refrain from approaching our crews so they can safely focus on the dangerous work they are doing. Even well-meaning honks of a car horn or cheers from passersby can cause hazards for our team as they work to maintain focus. And please know, if you see them sitting in trucks, they are likely waiting on electrical testing or other crews or they are simply taking a much needed break to hydrate, eat, or rest during shifts that can last up to 12 hours.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on oppd.com.

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a communications specialist at OPPD. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, which lets her tell the stories of OPPD and its employees both graphically and through her writing.

About Julie Wasson

Julie Wasson is a contributor to the Storm & Outage Center and a brand journalism strategist at OPPD. She has more than 20 years of print journalism experience and now serves as managing editor for The Wire.