Lincoln County Numbers: 34 Homes Gone; 20 Sustain Major Damage

Emergency Management officials say they are "humbled by the outpouring of support from fellow Oklahomans."

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 2:16 pm

By: News On 6


Lincoln County officials have announced the completion of initial tornado damage assessment in the Wellston and Carney areas.

In Sunday's EF3 twister, two businesses and 34 homes were destroyed, 20 homes sustained major damage and 42 homes have minor damage, the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management said.

In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun its assessment for federal aid in Lincoln County. The county was one of 16 declared a disaster by Gov. Mary Fallin.

5/20/2013 Related Story: Daybreak Brings Heartbreaking Look At Oklahoma Tornado Damage

The Lincoln County Emergency Management, Wellston Emergency Management and the City of Carney released a statement saying they "are humbled by the outpouring of support from fellow Oklahomans wanting to help following the recent tornado outbreak."

The Red Cross has been stationed at the Carney Senior Center, located at 301 Maple Ave., since Sunday evening. The agency is offering assistance to displaced families and providing food and shelter. The Wellston Fire Department is serving as a storage facility for the massive amounts of donations the area is getting, Director of Lincoln County Emergency Management Joey Wakefield said.

Officials respectfully ask that donors limit items to those listed below, to suit the needs identified at this time:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Batteries (all sizes)
  • Ball caps
  • First aid kits/supplies
  • Tarps
  • Plastic storage containers with lids
  • Flashlights
  • Non-perishable snack foods
Wakefield said volunteers are vital, but he encourages people not to show up unannounced. You can assist organized efforts by contacting the Lincoln County Emergency Management Office at 405-258-4100, or by calling the Carney Assembly of God Church at 405-865-2289.

"It is important to remember that recovery from such a disaster is a long-term event and needs will continue in future weeks," Wakefield said. "There may be a need for further donations and/or manpower in the near future to support recovery efforts."

Monetary donations to reputable relief organizations continue to be accepted.

5/18/2013 Related Story: Deadly Tornadoes Tear Across Central Oklahoma

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