60 residents in Okfuskee sweating through summer heat without water

TULSA - Nearly 60 residents are battling near-100 degree heat in Okfuskee County Thursday without the benefit of water.

Water was first shut off to dozens of Okfuskee homes June 19 when a resident back-siphoned herbicide into the water. Now those affected may have to wait until Saturday night for a working tap, when Rural Water District #3 supervisor Randy Clark says he expects to have the last of the test results in hand.

"It's been trying just to stay inside and stay cool," resident Royanne McCurry said Thursday, day nine without water. " ... It's very, very hard to deal with."

McCurry isn't alone. The married mother of four also has 11 goats, a horse and four dogs to take care of. And while water jugs and freezers are easing her frustrations, she'll be glad when life is back to normal.

"It's amazing the things you can't do when you don't have it," McCurry said. " ... It feels good to just wash my hands when I can, you know."

EMSA responded to 12 heat-related calls Thursday, transporting seven to nearby hospitals. The patients, whose ages ranged from 12 to 70 years of age, were all in fair condition.

Four cooling stations are open in the Tulsa area until further notice:

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103
24/7

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
24/7

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 pm 7-days a week

Senior nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as cooling stations. For more information on locations and hours, dial 2-1-1.

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