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1,300 Have No Water Service In Konawa
UPDATE: Konawa officials have confirmed all residents now have water.
UPDATE: Konawa officials say residents should have water restored some time today. Officials will have a meeting tonight at 5:00pm at City Hall to discuss long term answers for their water problem.
KONAWA, OK -- Residents in Konawa go without water for more than two days.
"We don't like it at all," said resident, Kathy Walker.
City crews are working overtime to figure out what went wrong with the town's water lines.
"Sunday night there was a few drops, but by the time we got up yesterday morning there wasn't even air in the lines," said resident, Jim McMillan.
"I had to declare a state of emergency," said Mayor Virginia Simms.
Since the water went off, Mayor Simms has been going door-to-door delivering bottled water to residents.
"I think it's wonderful. It's real nice of them to do that for us," said Walker.
Surrounding communities have also offered Konawa their resources. Citizens of Pottawatomie Nation and the National Guard have donated water buffaloes for residents to use for drinking water.
"They are able to turn the spicket and fill up containers," said Emergency Management Director, Janesa Miller.
The Seminole Fire Department brought over a tanker truck for residents to use for disposable water to flush their toilets.
"We've pulled together as a community and we hope the water is back on soon," said Miller.
In the meantime, city crews work to replace backflow valves from the well hoping that solves the town's water problem.
If not, Konawa could be without water for three to five more days as crews dig holes to find the leak in the 2,000 feet of water lines.
"Our city has had water issues for a number of years and it seems like it's snowballing," said McMillan.
Posted: Wednesday, November 28 2012, 03:28 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Police ask Okla. public to avoid storm areas
May 20, 2013 21:49 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Police in Oklahoma City have issued a request that residents stay away from areas that have sustained tornado damage.
Officials said Monday afternoon that victims remained trapped in wreckage and that emergency crews are trying to reach those areas to conduct search and rescue operations.
The area in Oklahoma City between Southwest 164th and Southwest 134th, and Western Avenue to Santa Fe Avenue is particularly hard hit.
Police say live power lines are down across the area and open gas lines pose a further risk.
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