Red Cross volunteers help victims of flooding in Okmulgee

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Updated: 6/02/2013 10:49 pm Published: 6/02/2013 9:30 pm

The Oklahoma Red Cross has been going door-to-door in Okmulgee, Okfuskee, and LeFlore counties helping families who had to evacuate their homes that were flooded.

“The hardest part is not being able to help everyone,” said Red Cross volunteer Jim Pivec and his wife, Pam Pivec.
“We can only help so much based on certain criteria, like how much damage, how many people were displaced.  We have shelters but most people we have talked with yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday) are staying with other family members or close friends.”

The Red Cross helped give a debit card and cleaning supplies to the Wards family. They were able to escape their flooded home just in time. They had to rush through chest-high water in their front yard to their van in the street, which never made it up the road.

“We had to abandon the van, but as long as we were able to get, us, our daughter, her friend and our 5-month-old grand-baby out of the house and safe we were lucky,” said Denise Ward.

The Wards lost nearly everything. They managed to collect a couple dozen pictures that were floating in the water over their front lawn and dried them off on some plastic garbage bags.  Their friends came by with a trailer to haul off a few items they hope they can salvage. 

“As long as we have each other, that is all that matters,” said Robert Wade, Denise’s husband.

The Red Cross said to contact them at 918-831-1100.     

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