Second Round Of Snow Blankets Green Country


Friday, February 4th 2011, 4:01 pm
By: News On 6


Craig Day, News On 6

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma -- Southern portions of Green Country are being hit hard by this second round of winter weather.  With so much of it already, the last thing drivers need is more snow. But here it is again.

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Friday was the first time Dana and James Lay have ventured out of their house since Monday night.

"The only reason we're getting out is to go check on our store, and milk! Make sure everything is ok. We gotta find milk," they said. "We thought we had enough to last out the first storm, we didn't know we were going to get like this."

In Okmulgee County, travel is already dangerous. Up to six inches of new snowfall and it will be even worse. Digging out already stranded vehicles will be that much more difficult.

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"Not used to this in Oklahoma. I haven't seen this since I was a child," James said.

Driving conditions along Highway 75 in Okmulgee County still aren't very good, but unlike our previous blizzard a few days ago, in this snowstorm at least the wind isn't blowing, but visibility is still an issue.

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What is easy to see is why travel is discouraged. But, Willie Sevier didn't have a choice. He's running out of medication.

"The wind blew drifts behind my driveway.  I have a car and a truck and I can't get either one of them out," he said.

Thankfully, a Creek Nation Emergency Response team member was able to take Sevier to the pharmacy.

"We're still getting around, but it's a little rough," Rodney Josie, with Creek Nation Emergency Response, said.

"I know it is tough on these guys, but it's a blessing. They take care of the elders," Sevier said.

As for the Lays, they're trying to stay warm and positive.

"My brother lives in Alaska, Wasilla and they've only got like four inches of snow this whole time and I told him he can take his snow back," Dana said. "Anytime."

Whether it is patience, food or medicine, day four of dealing with old man winter's wrath is starting to get old as people grow weary of the cold.

The state transportation department says Interstate 40 east of Seminole in Seminole County is closed.

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