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01.03.06

National Guard Troops Helping Out in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma National Guard will provide helicopters to drop hay to stranded cattle in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

After last week's winter storm dumped up to a foot-and-a-half of snow last week and cattle ranchers are having trouble getting hay to their stranded herds.

State Agriculture Department spokesman Jack Carson says an emergency response team is heading to Boise City today to help with the air drop.

The National Guard has been in the area for the last few days helping bring food and medicines to residents trapped in their homes.

So far, in the areas of Kenton and Wheeless, troops have been able to dig-out 20-families and provide  food, water and medication to those in need. 

Guardsmen will continue checking on residents in isolated communities and rural areas in Cimarron County.
  

Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten says a female cancer patient was taken to a hospital in Boise City.
  

And medicine was air-dropped from an Oklahoma highway patrol airplane to within 15 feet of the home of a diabetic man.    

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