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Dangerous flooding; Governor to visit flooded Kingfisher

Oklahoma city (AP) _ Governor Henry is planning to visit flooded areas around Kingfisher today as the cleanup begins after the remnants of a tropical storm dumped heavy rain in Oklahoma and left at least six people dead.

Michelann Ooten with the State Department of Emergency Management says work will begin to determine just how many homes are destroyed and the full extent of the damage.  She says the agency will also begin working with local governments today to identify their needs.

The dead include the wife, daughter and niece of Kiowa Chief Billy Horse.  Donita Horse, Helen Rae Horse and Rose Saddleblanket died when their van was swept off State Highway 58 in the Lawton area.  Authorities say Bernard Ward drowned when flood waters pushed his pickup truck off State Highway 33 west of Kingfisher.  A Fort Cobb woman drowned in her cellar when it flooded and a Seminole woman drowned when her car was pushed off the roadway by floodwaters.

Meanwhile more than 2,800 Oklahoma Gas and Electric customers remain without electricity this morning with more than 2,600 of those in the Oklahoma City area.

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