updated 6/1/2004 6:14:23 PM ET 2004-06-01T22:14:23

The water supply in this Blaine County town could be depleted in a few days if electricity used to power the water wells isn't restored, the mayor says.

About 150 people, including several from Texas, were working to get the power knocked out by weekend tornadoes to the seven wells, Mayor DaWayne Janzen said Monday.

"They're working nonstop to get it done," Janzen said.

The situation forced officials to prohibit unnecessary outdoor watering.

""We definitely don't have the water capacity to fight many (fires or emergencies) going on at once," Janzen said.

At least 90 homes in the community of about 1,300 were affected by the storms, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported on Monday.

Seven houses and two mobile homes were destroyed and four public buildings had minor or major damage, ODEM officials said.

Janzen had some good news: Geary's residents had power back on in their homes by Monday.

The city is getting help from surrounding communities and the American Red Cross, he said.

The storm that hit Geary was one of several tornadoes that touched down across northern Oklahoma Saturday and early Sunday. The twisters dropped from a large rotating thunderstorm that began in west-central Oklahoma Saturday afternoon and died out about six hours later in northeastern Oklahoma.

Sixteen houses, five mobile homes and two businesses were destroyed in the outbreak, officials estimated Monday.

In Oklahoma County, power lines remained down in the Deer Creek area, authorities reported. At least seven homes and two businesses were destroyed, and the high school sustained extensive roof damage, officials said.

As the storms moved into Creek County, they destroyed two homes and three mobile homes. Three homes were damaged in Mayes county, officials added.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported one weather-related fatality in Canadian County after a pickup truck hit two horses and slammed into a building, killing the driver Saturday night.

The horses were roaming on Oklahoma Highway 3 and Gregory Road after strong winds knocked over a fence, allowing them to roam free.

Mark Moreno, 19, was westbound on the highway about 10:10 p.m. when he hit the horses, the patrol said.

The Hennessey resident was taken to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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