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Altus residents eager to collect rain barrel

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ALTUS, Okla._ Altus residents took advantage of a rain barrel give-away, some waiting more than two hours to claim theirs.

The rain barrels were provided on a first-come first served basis by the Altus Emergency Management Department. The giveaway started at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, but dozens showed up hours early to claim one of the limited supply.

The city of Altus has been operating under a Stage 3 water restriction for several months now, and hope the barrels will provide some water relief to residents.

"We are in a severe drought, we need to conserve the water that we have this is an opportunity to get even more water, to be mindful how we use it," said Altus Emergency Director Lloyd Colston.

Only 100 rain barrels were given away. Altus emergency officials say while they couldn't provide everyone with one, they were pleased to see such a large turnout.

 

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