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Drone operators are interfering with search and rescue missions as Oklahoma continues to flood

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Emergency aircrews in Oklahoma are having trouble performing search & rescue operations in flooded areas because hobby drones are getting in the way.

Tulsa Police have taken to social media to urge people to be on alert when it comes to operating the toys in areas where rescue vehicles are being used, as they could impede recovery operations.

Around 30 drones were flying illegally on Tuesday, Tulsa Fire spokesman Andrew Little said in the video, which was posted to Facebook.

“So you’ve got a guy who is out here taking pictures for fun and then you have a group that’s out here trying to save lives,” Little said. “Which is more important?”

Apocalyptic conditions -ranging from floods to tornadoes- have ravaged Oklahoma and other states over the past few days. All 77 counties in Oklahoma were placed in a state of emergency as the storm has killed six people.

The Tulsa Police urged the hobbyists to check FAA guidelines.

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