Kiger thanks all involved after storms

As storms ripped through parts of LeFlore County doing significant damage to houses, trees and power lines, I want to thank everyone involved in acting to help get peoples’ lives back on track as quickly as possible. 

Electric was out in Poteau right after the first storm blew through knocking down poles on the main highway and tearing down lines all over Poteau. Other parts of the county had some of the same issues, and Arkansas Valley Electric in Pocola and the area was also out making repairs. 

Public Utility companies had their trucks and personnel in Poteau, and OG&E immediately went to work after outages were reported, getting power poles back up and electric on. Power outages lasted through the night and the next day for many as utilities continue working the neighborhoods. 

Kiamichi Electric also had their employees and equipment in surrounding areas with the same situation, working through the night and weekend to get power back on in customer’s homes.

Poteau Fire and Police Department personnel spent time helping people all over town, and firefighters were out cutting up trees that had fallen onto roadways blocking people from getting home. We also saw many individual volunteers helping out their neighbors all over town with chain saws and trailers.

Many others including transmission line companies and internet companies were also in town and the county making repairs.

We are fortunate to have so many great companies and wonderful volunteers during times of natural disasters who drop everything to help people who are in need.

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