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UPDATE: Northwest Oklahoma tries to dig out after snowstorm that downed power lines, stranded motorists

by Adam Kemp Modified: February 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013


Enid got off relatively easy, compared to some other areas of northwest Oklahoma. About 15 miles west in Meno, U.S. 412 was impassable.

More than a foot of snow was dumped on Alva, Woodward, Taloga and Beaver.

The state Transportation Department reported many highways remained closed Tuesday afternoon. Crews were plowing and treating roads in Cimarron, Texas, Woods, Alfalfa and Major counties, as well as in parts of western Oklahoma.

Custer County Emergency Management officials reported they were using local companies with wrecker vehicles and heavy equipment to rescue stranded motorists.

In Woodward, Curtis Haines, 71, died when the roof of an addition to his home collapsed under the weight of the snow, Fire Chief Steve Day said.

Day said he had 15 inches of snow in his yard Monday when he heard the news.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported about 67,700 power outages related to the storm.

The American Red Cross volunteers set up warming centers for those trying to get out of the cold and looking for something to eat or drink.

At New Hope United Methodist Church in Enid, John Sanders was quick to make guests a sandwich or help them dig their car out of the snow.

Sanders said he started volunteering for the Red Cross when a huge blizzard hit Enid in 2002.

“We just want to be here for people who haven't gotten their power back yet,” he said.

“We got some stuff for them to snack on and some music to listen to and good people to talk with. We just wanted to help give people some place to go so they wouldn't feel like they were stuck at home.”

Contributing: Staff Writers Robert Medley and


by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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