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Water Could Run Out for Some Communities by Summer
The drought is hitting some communities hard. Lone Chimney Lake near Glencoe, is running low on water. The lake is down to only about four feet of treatable water, the Lone Chimney Water Association said. Chairman Darrel Clark said it should be enough water to last until June, barring any emergencies.
Clark said low levels at the lake have been a concern for months.
"We've been concerned about it for about a year and a half now, we've been asking people to conserve and some of the entities that are on Lone Chimney have pulled off and have another water supply," Clark said.
Clark said those efforts have worked to lessen demand, but because the area has not had any substantial rain, the lake has hit the end of it's supply.
Payne County has declared a state of emergency.
"What were hoping to do with an emergency declaration is of course make the public more aware of what's happening," emergency manager Jeff Kuhn said.
Kuhn said he is working with emergency mangers in other counties to come up with a plan in case water does run out.
"We're also working the the different communities and if we did run out of water I asked them if they've got a plan and of course some of them do and some of them are working on a plan. And some of them don't have a clue know what they're going to do at this point," Kuhn said.
Kuhn said they will use the next few months to come up with a plan. Meanwhile, Lone Chimney is hoping a pipeline, tapping into water from Stillwater, will be installed before the lake runs out of water.
Lone Chimney serves about 16,000 customers in Payne, Pawnee, Logan and Noble counties.
Posted: Tuesday, January 15 2013, 09:25 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Principal recounts storm hitting Moore school
May 24, 2013 20:38 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The principal of the Oklahoma elementary school where seven children died in a tornado says her teachers did everything they could to save their lives.
Plaza Towers Elementary Principal Amy Simpson said at an emotional news conference Friday that children regularly had tornado drills and bravely faced a storm carrying 210 mph winds.
After taking the first half of Monday to celebrate the students' accomplishments during the year, the weather worsened and the school turned attention to the skies. The twister hit just before the end of the school day.
Simpson said some teachers took the weight of collapsed walls onto their bodies to save children.
Monday's tornado was a top-of-the-scale EF5. The storm killed 24, including 10 children.
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