More than 53,000 remain without power in Oklahoma

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The Associated Press
AP Writer

(AP) — More than 53,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity after an ice storm hit Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. says more than 24,000 of those outages are in Oklahoma City. Enid and El Reno also reported more than 4,000 outages each.

The utility says it had 150,000 customers without power because of the wintry storm system that brought freezing rain, sleet and heavy rainfall to the state, but service has been restored to about 90,000.

Gov. Mary Fallin issued a disaster declaration for all 77 Oklahoma counties on Sunday, which will allow state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. The declaration also allows oversized vehicles, such as those transporting utility poles, to drive into affected areas.

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