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Officials help with cleanup after Oklahoma tornado

Officials with Oklahoma's Department of Emergency Management and local relief organizations are setting up in southeast Oklahoma after a twister tore through the small town of Tushka.
Oklahoman Published: April 15, 2011
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TUSHKA (AP) — Officials with Oklahoma's Department of Emergency Management and local relief organizations are setting up in southeast Oklahoma after a twister tore through the small town of Tushka.

Emergency management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten said Friday the department is helping local officials conduct damage assessments and begin cleaning up debris. She says most roads are cleared, but that some areas remain impassable because of downed power lines and uprooted trees and limbs in the roadway.

Ooten says at least a dozen homes and businesses were destroyed by the tornado that hit the town of about 350 residents Thursday night.

The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter for displaced residents in the nearby town of Atoka.

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