Many Oklahomans remain without power

BY DARLA SLIPKE and RON JACKSON Modified: February 3, 2010 at 4:14 am •  Published: February 3, 2010
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Victim identified
A 63-year-old man found dead inside a travel trailer Sunday has been identified.

Virgil Poafpybitty died in the trailer behind his family’s house in southern Caddo County, said Police Chief Rick Decora of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Anadarko.

Saturday night, Poafpybitty opted to stay in the trailer instead of going inside the house, Decora said. The temperature in the trailer was about 28 degrees when he was found Sunday.

Volunteers help
Volunteers have been bringing food and supplies to Marlow City Hall for members of 24 line crews, Cain said.

"We’ve had lots of calls from people wanting to volunteer,” Cain said. "We’re taking names for when we’re more able to mobilize.”

Nearly 150 people ate dinner Sunday at a shelter at the First Baptist Church. About 20 people have been staying at the shelter overnight, pastor Joe Ligon said.

"It is a devastating thing that has happened,” Ligon said. "I don’t think the folks that haven’t seen it would believe it.”

Bill Sims, who lives south of Mountain View in Kiowa County, said he can’t wait to take a hot shower and feel warm and comfortable in his own home again. Sims and his wife, Bonnie, have been bundling up and keeping a fire going in their fireplace since Thursday.

"Everybody’s wearing out and cold,” Sims said. "It’s distressing, but everybody’s pitching in and helping each other where they can.”

CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITER ROBERT MEDLEY


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