Tornadoes Clean Up Continues

Cheyenne Public Schools group that helped clean and clear LOTS of debris at the homes of Pat VerSteeg and Marty & Karen Creach and in their neighborhood. (Photo provided)

Roger Mills County has seen both tornadoes and fires this past week and the fire danger continues throughout this week.
All our local fire departments have been very busy beginning on Sunday, February 26th with the storm watch and search and rescue Sunday evening. Tornado cleanup on Monday and fires started on Tuesday.
Remember all our local firemen are volunteers. They all have regular jobs as well as the task of keeping us safe. Please be aware of the fire danger and pray for rain!

Lindsey Orgain took this picture of hay that was wrapped around and stuck in a fence post, northeast of Cheyenne. She said Jason
had baled the corn stalk several months ago.
“It is just wild to see the control that storm had
over even the tiniest slivers of hay,”

The outpouring of support from the community and so many other places has been overwhelming. People have driven miles to deliver items to those in need. Tana Smith said two ladies drove out from Oklahoma City on Monday, March 6th. In tears, they told her they wanted to get shoes and clothes to the twins. They were also delivering more items to the First Baptist Church.
Dee and Jean Ann Hay found a blanket and a cap in their pasture, northeast of Strong City. The cap belonged to Ethan Smith and the blanket belonged to Tana Gillespie, who lived next door to Ethan and Tana.
Kathy Sadler said their barn, west of Cheyenne, was full of their three children’s keepsakes, eight grands keepsakes, Dan & Mable’s family photos, and over fifty years of memories. “None of this is essential for life and all those memories are stored in our heart,” Kathy said. “We were very happy we found our daughter, Shauna Sadler Chalfant’s wedding dress on a fence down the hill!” she exclaimed.
Dr. Bintz and Dr. Ellis with Vision Source of Elk City offered immediate assistance to anyone that had lost their glasses or contacts.
On Friday the 1000 Hills Ranch Church out of Woodward hosted a Potluck and Prayer on the Square in the Bear Trax parking lot. They offered a warm meal with neighbors while lifting them up in prayer. The church is also hosting a Cowboy Chili Cookoff on March 11th in Woodward. All proceeds will be given to the First Baptist Church of Cheyenne The 210’ PSO Communication Tower, located southwest of Colby Cockrell’s home was toppled. Tower experts said it is very rare for a three-legged tower to be knocked down. Winds in that area were reported to be 130 mph.
Four-year-old J.L. Moler cleaned out his toy box and brought in three bags of trucks and toys for Stryker and Stetson Smith. J.L. is the son of of J.R. & Tiffany Moler of Cheyenne. Joe Bill Moad was driving back to Cheyenne, near the ODOT Building, when the tornado came across. He said his pickup quit running and he was tossed around. He is fine but his pickup is not. Glenda Kirk and Tracy Smith said they have a lot of fences that are gone and cattle have been moved to other places because of the insulation and other debris scattered across their pastures. “We have seen places where the t-posts and barbed wire are completely gone but the hot wire is still there,” Tracy said.
Rocky Schanbacher of Lambert, Oklahoma called the Cheyenne Star Office on Monday, March 6th. He had found a picture of three girls in Cheyenne-Reydon basketball suits in his wheat field. He knew a tornado had hit Cheyenne and he wanted to find the owner of the picture. Turns out, one of the girls in the picture was #22 Tana Smith. Mr. Schanbacher is mailing the picture back to her. Lambert is located between Cherokee and Carmen in Alfalfa County.
Pastor Jesse of My Rock Ministry in Munday, Texas delivered a load of clothes, household and hygiene items over the weekend.
Brittany Allen summed it up the best. “I have been a lot of places and seen a lot of things but I have never in my life seen a community so loving and caring for loved ones in need. When tragedy strikes people are there to help you the instant it happens. They think for you, pray for you and help you until the very end. I am forever grateful and amazed by this and I am so glad I live in a remarkable community.”
The Oklahoma Game Warden family is raising funds for retired Game Warden Loren Damron and wife Betty. They are offering a “Game Warden” edition (5.56 NATO) Rifle to be raffled off. The drawing will be held May 1st.
Friends of Chelsea and Caleb Kirk have organized a fundraiser-raffle. Raffle tickets are $12.50 each of 5 for $50. The drawing will be held March 31st. Contact Mercedes Larson Smith at Lift Wellness Spa for more information.
The Cheyenne First Baptist Church has clothes, shoes, cleaning supplies and hygiene items still available.
Roger Mills County Displaced Tornado Victims Account set up at Security State Bank. RMC Emergency Manager Levi Blackketter said that anyone with damage to their homes that did not meet with Red Cross Saturday, can contact them at 735-354-9222.
The total loss of homes is now at eight. They are Justin & Lacey Conway, Loren & Betty Damron, Ethan & Tana Smith, Brad Bottom rent house, Caleb& Chelsea Kirk, Kaelynn Owen, Billy Trammell and Terry Daugherty.
Those with other damages are Tony & Konna Summers, Dennis & Kathy Sadler, Coby Cockrell, Joe & Neva Pyatt, Jimmy & Bethany McDaniel, Pat VerSteeg, Marty & Karen Creach, Hunter & Amber Whiteneck, John & Rhonda Key, Russell & Darla Calvert, Harry Coker, Lana Merrick, Dee & Jean Ann Hay, Jim & Mary Burns, Jason & Annie Coffin, Blackkettle Arena, Ag Pavilion, ODOT, Trammell Service, Forestry Service, Rowdy & Shonda Little and Dwayne & Juhretta Roark.

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