Oklahoma police assist South Dakota flooding victims

VIDEO: Oklahoma officers assist severe weather victims in South Dakota

OKMULGEE COUNTY, Okla. — Muscogee Creek Nation's Lighthorse Police Department returned Sunday after assisting victims of record-breaking flooding on a reservation in South Dakota.

Snow and heavy rains devastating the area prompted locals to reach out to Lighthorse police.

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High water from the Moreau River threatened about 50 residences in an 8-mile stretch between White Horse and Thomas in north-central South Dakota alone, according to reports. On the Pine Ridge Reservation in southern South Dakota, the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe is recovering after flooding trapped people in homes and cut off water supplies to thousands.

About 20,000 members of the tribe live on that reservation alone. Police told FOX23 four people have died after emergency personnel could not reach them.

Lighthorse police asked the public on April 2 for donations of several items including shovels, rakes, diapers, first aid kits, nonperishable foods, and other resources to help the victims.

Six Lighthorse officers including the Chief of Lighthorse Police took supplies to the Pine Ridge Reservation to meet with the Oglala Lakota Nation lives in South Dakota early Tuesday morning.

Most of the officers are a part of the Rapid Response Team that helped those affected by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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