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2008 May 10
On May 10, 2008, Picher was struck by a tornado. As of May 11th there were nine confirmed deaths, possibly including one child, and many other injuries. Emergency management office is reporting that about 20 blocks of the town are heavily damaged. The residential area was hardest hit and many of the homes and trailers were leveled to the ground.[10] Oklahoma governor Brad Henry has said that a major emergency response was underway and has sent National Guard troops along with emergency personnel to the area to help with disaster relief efforts

2008 May 10
Picher has become notable for its location near the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Tar Creek Superfund site, which had a long history of underground lead and zinc mining until around 1970. Chat piles left behind by the mining companies contain lead dust that has blown around the town. Elevated lead levels in Picher children have led to learning disabilities and other problems. The lead and zinc have also seeped into groundwater, ponds, and lakes, many of which still are used by children for swimming. Since the children of Picher have been found to have elevated levels of lead in their bodies, the EPA has since declared Picher to be one of the most toxic areas in the United States (Associated Press 10 May 2008)

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Picher and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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