Photo Courtesy: Comanche Nation News
LAWTON, OKLAHOMA — The Comanche Nation Emergency Management Team is continuing their effort to help those affected by the flooding in area communities.
They are issuing sandbags, and through the Red Cross, has opened the Cahoma Building in Cache as a shelter for flood victims in the Cache and Indiahoma communities. The Comanche Nation Community Center in Walters is on standby as a shelter for the Walters and Temple communities.
“We are doing all we can to assist the people who are affected by the flooding through the Comanche Nation Emergency Management Team,” said Comanche Nation Vice Chairman, Mack Mahsetky.
Community comes together to prepare sand bags – Comanche Nation News photo
Comanche Nation Emergency Management Incident Commander, Charles Crutcher, said he is monitoring the weather and flooding conditions, so the Emergency Management Team, especially First Responders and Operations Divisions, will remain safe as they continue their support efforts.
“The safety of our Emergency Management Team is constantly being monitored,” said Crutcher. “We will not put anyone in harms way.”
Currently, the Comanche Star Casino and the Comanche Casino in Lawton are closed due to flooding conditions. Efforts are being made to protect the Comanche Red River Casino in Devol from flooding.
The Comanche Nation Emergency Management Team was activated May 20 by Comanche Nation Chairman Wallace Coffey, when he signed an Emergency Declaration.
Since then, the tribe’s Emergency Management Team has distributed around 4,500 sandbags to seven area counties, and has assisted in placing some flood victims in temporary shelters and their homes were evacuated.
Volunteers have assisted in helping fill the sandbags, including the Lawton High Wrestling Team and Football Team.
More sandbags will be filled and be on standby as the forecasts show more rain is expected.
For flooding assistance, call the Comanche Nation Emergency Management Team Hotline, (580) 492-3628.
Other shelters that are open are:
*Comanche County Coliseum Annex Building
*Lawton Animal Shelter is housing pets who are displaced or cannot go to local shelters.