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Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief responds to Tulsa Tornado

Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteer Kevin Laufler stands next to a downed tree in a Tulsa neighborhood following a tornado that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo: Provided)
Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteer Kevin Laufler stands next to a downed tree in a Tulsa neighborhood following a tornado that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo: Provided)
TULSA— Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief has chainsaw teams on the ground in Tulsa, following a tornado on Sunday that hit the 4100 block of Yale Avenue.

"We had 24 diaster relief people on the ground yesterday beginning at noon, making up three chainsaw teams that did eight jobs in the affected area," Sam Porter, BGCO disaster relief director, said Monday.

Large power poles and power lines were downed as a result of the tornado, closing most of 41st street between Yale and Interstate 44, a highly commercial area. Large trees were also downed in residential areas nearby.

"As of this morning, our assessors were out looking at the damage, talking to individual family members, telling them how we can help. Once we talk to them, our team members sign a permission slip with the homeowners, then our chainsaw teams will come and get to work as soon as possible," Porter said.

Porter estimates clean-up will take a week of sawing from chainsaw teams due to the large trees in the area, using volunteers from northeast Oklahoma disaster relief teams.

For more information on Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief or to make a tax-deductible donation to the ministry, go to https://www.okdisasterhelp.org/.
 

 
Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor 

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Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteer Kevin Laufler stands next to a downed tree in a Tulsa neighborhood following a tornado that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo: Provided)

Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteer Kevin Laufler stands next to a downed tree in a Tulsa neighborhood following a tornado that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6. (Photo: Provided)

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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