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Comanche County sheltering growing number of people

By Darla Slipke Modified: January 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm •  Published: January 29, 2010

More than 50 people are staying at emergency shelters in Comanche County.

Emergency workers expect that number to rise significantly because 45,139 customers are without power there. Officials said it could be several days before power is restored.

Already today, the number of people at the shelter has doubled from the number who spent the night there, said Chris Killmer, public information officer for the county.

"That number is increasing steadily," Killmer said.

Emergency workers set up two shelters yesterday at Cameron Baptist Church, 2621 SW C Ave. in Lawton, and Cache Multi-Purpose Complex, located in the southwest part of Cache High School. The shelters will stay open as long as they're needed, Killmer said.

About 45 people were at the Lawton shelter at 11:30 a.m., Killmer said. Eight people were at the Cache shelter.

The Lawton shelter can hold about 350 people, Killmer said.

Anyone who comes to the shelter should bring clothing, medications and bedding.

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