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'48-72 hours': Claremore leaders say power restoration is coming

Posted at 4:52 AM, Jun 04, 2024

CLAREMORE, Okla. — The Claremore police station reopened to the public on June 4.

It closed almost a week ago due to storm damage.

The lobby opened again at 8 a.m. Claremore Police Department wrote on Facebook.

Meanwhile, City Manager John Feary said crews restored a lot of power to residents on Monday. The tornado took out many poles.

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Power lines down in shopping center in Claremore

While a few of those poles are still impacting the main grid, he said circuits are up.

“We think we’re down less than a thousand right now,” said Feary. “And they’re [crews] getting there. Again, we need you all to be patient. It is not as simple as some people would say.”

During that late-night live stream, he said patience will pay off in due time, estimating that restoration is probable “within 48 to 72 hours”—meaning Wednesday or Thursday nights.

The city council also ratified emergency spending on Monday night and awarded a contract to Louisiana company Del Sol. Del Sol specializes in recovery from natural disasters and consults with the federal government.

"We're going to make sure we have the best of the best in here to help us recover from this,” Feary said. “And frankly, we're spending millions of dollars that were not budgeted for, that we did not plan on spending. Because, you know, you don't really—well, we have a plan for disasters. We don't buy millions of dollars of stuff to just lie around in case there is one."

The city manager also thanked the linemen working dusk to dawn.

“Crews worked all day. They’ll be working all night. They’ll be working all day tomorrow. They’ll be working all night tomorrow,” he said. “We’re just gonna keep going until we get you up—bottom line.”

The American Red Cross is opening service centers open June 4 and 5 throughout Green County.

On June 4, service centers open from 10am to 7pm:

  • Salina City Hall - 321 W Ferry St.
  • Claremore Expo Center - 400 Veterans Pkwy

On June 5, service centers open at:

  • Colcord Community Center (2-7pm) - 433 S Larmon St
  • Salina City Hall (10am-3pm) - 321 W Ferry St.
  • Claremore Expo Center (10am-7pm) - 400 Veterans Pkwy

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