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Commissioners hear about swift water rescue during weekly meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - On Monday, April 18, the Sequoyah County Commissioners held their weekly meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the County Courthouse.

Consideration of resolutions, bids, and contracts were discussed and approved for disposing of equipment for county district # 2 and district # 3.

During the citizens' presentation, Sequoyah County emergency manager Steve Rutherford reported that over the past week there were several severe weather events that took place. Rutherford said, "There were two tornado warnings resulting from the past week of storms: one in Muldrow and one in Roland. We were very lucky that we did not see an actual tornado touch down in the Sequoyah County area."

"We did have one swift water rescue take place due to the amount of rain that fell with the storms as they moved through. The swift water rescue was located at dry creek near Marble City, and both the Brushy and McKey fire departments responded to the call. An individual had tried driving through high waters that were flowing rapidly and had to be rescued from the roof of his truck," Rutherford said. "With additional rainfall expected over the duration of this upcoming week, make sure to remember to turn around, don’t drown."

There was a discussion and approval of Julie Haywood being appointed as the requisitioning agent for the Central Fire Department.

Duane Martindale and Gary Malie Jr. were also approved and appointed as receiving agents for the Central Fire Department.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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