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Bryan County lends a hand to Oklahoma flood victims

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First responders from Bryan County helped flood victims in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. (Courtesy) First responders from Bryan County helped flood victims in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. (Courtesy)

CALERA, Okla. -- Floodwaters in northeastern Oklahoma are finally starting to recede, but hundreds of families are still out of their homes.

"Catastrophe may be a strong word, but I don't think it's too strong of a word," said Dr. Darren Wallace, pastor of Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Muskogee.

His city absorbed more than a foot of rain over a month of mayhem.

"The floodwaters have displaced several families ... probably in the hundreds," Wallace said.

Members of Calera Fire-Rescue and Bryan County EMS Water Rescue made the two-and-a-half hour journey to Wagoner County last week to offer assistance.

"There is quite an effort to help with the victims of the flood, but there are not enough people in Muskogee to deal with all that needs to be dealt with here," Wallace said.

All of the Bryan County first responders have returned safely. This week, it's the Calera Police Department giving a boost to fellow Oklahomans.

"When we have trouble, we go to the need and we help, and so that's what we are doing," Chief Don Hyde said.

Calera police are hosting a supply drive at their headquarters all week asking for non-perishables, toiletries, cleaning and medical supplies, and baby items.

Plans are to transport the donations to families in Muskogee and Fort Gibson next week.

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