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Power Outage Hits Downtown Tulsa

December 6, 2005

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Water from a broken pipe flooded an underground electrical vault and knocked out power Monday to major buildings in downtown Tulsa.

The power outage affected 130 customers, including the headquarters of the Tulsa World, the Bank of Oklahoma tower and the Crowne Plaza hotel, utility officials said.

Public works crews were still pumping water from the electrical vault Monday afternoon.

Stan Whiteford, of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, said power could be restored quickly if electrical circuits merely tripped when the water rushed in.

But if power cables were severely damaged or burned, the outage could last longer, he said.

City spokeswoman Kim MacLeod said freezing weather and dry soil caused the ground to shift, the likely cause of the water main break.

Beyond the electrical problem, she said 10 downtown buildings would be without water until Tuesday.

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