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Voluntary Evacuation Canceled in Medford (Mar 05, 2012)

MEDFORD, Okla. (AP) - Authorities have canceled a voluntary evacuation advisory for Medford residents, who'd been asked to leave the northern Oklahoma town because of a propane leak at a ONEOK hydrocarbon plant.

The American Red Cross of Oklahoma says the voluntary evacuation notice was lifted as of 12:30 p.m. Monday. ONEOK says it's contained the propane leak.

The Red Cross had opened a temporary shelter in nearby Wakita, but the facility is now closed.

Officials also say U.S. 81 will reopen Tuesday.

The leak started last Tuesday at ONEOK's fuel-storage plant, and the evacuation advisory was issued over concerns that the propane could pose a fire risk. ONEOK says the propane was never at a dangerous level.


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