Lloyd Colston, Emergency Management Director for the City of Altus, said this morning that even through not all parts of Altus are with power, “We are better off today than we were Sunday night, and will be better tomorrow than we are today.”
Colston said that he really didn’t want to talk about the problems we were still having without including the progress. “We are still working on issues, but we have made progress,” he said.
Colston said that the National Guard has brought in generators from FEMA for our wastewater treatment plant which should be up this afternoon. However, he added that the citizens of Altus should still be conserving water. “Generators are still being used here and at Tom Steed Reservoir and our power is still very unstable.”
A large group of workers from Groves Electrical Contractors out of Madison, Ky. has also arrived in the area to help get power back up in the outlaying areas. Workers from Cushing are here to help with the situation in Altus.
Colston added that one of his concerns right now was keeping people safe. “There have been a lot of slip and falls reported,” said Colston. “The roads are pretty clear and safe, but using generators, open flame heaters, candles, and other heat sources can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Signs of CO poisoning include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. CO poisoning is a medical emergency. Persons with these symptoms should seek medical treatment.
Gov. Mary Fallin extended a state of emergency to all 77 Oklahoma counties after this weekend’s winter storm brought ice to western and central parts of the state. Heavy flooding was reported in the east and northeast.
Because of the density of the snow that fell in the Altus area, plus the rain and sleet, a good amount of actual water from the storm should be seen. The National Weather Service shows clear to partly cloudy skies over the next week with highs in the 40s. The next chance of snow is for next Tuesday. Accumulations are predicted to be less than one inch.
Storm damage across the city include wind and damage from snow and ice accumulations. Countless branches, utility poles and lines, and trees fell due to heavy accumulations of ice.
For more information, call Colston at 580-481-2260, or County Emergency Management’s Wayne Cain at 580-482-0229.
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