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Progress Energy Crews to Aid Okla. Ice Storm Cleanup

Posted December 11, 2007 12:09 p.m. EST

— Progress Energy is sending repair crews to Oklahoma to help restore electricity after a devastating ice storm.

Oklahoma utilities said Monday that 500,000 customers were blacked out as power lines snapped under the weight of ice and falling trees. It was the biggest power outage in state history.

Waves of frozen rain left at least 18 dead in Oklahoma and Missouri, with 15 of them killed on slick highways. Officials in Kansas and Oklahoma declared states of emergency.

More than 160 Progress Energy line and service personnel, as well as contract line and tree crews, will assist an Oklahoma utility.

The crews are leaving from various locations across North Carolina, including Raleigh, for a two-day drive to Tulsa.