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The rain may have ended Thursday evening, but the ground was soaked. Creeks and streams were overflowing and roads remained flooded. The rain may have ended Thursday evening, but the ground was soaked. Creeks and streams were overflowing and roads remained flooded.
First responders hoped people followed the saying, turn around and don't drown. First responders hoped people followed the saying, turn around and don't drown.
A storage building at the Lakeview Southern Baptist Church caught fire after a lightning strike. A storage building at the Lakeview Southern Baptist Church caught fire after a lightning strike.
SKIATOOK, Oklahoma -

Parts of Tulsa County were drenched after non-stop downpours. Flash flooding was the main concern for people driving on rural roads near Skiatook, where storms dropped more than six inches of rain.

The rain may have ended Thursday evening, but the ground was soaked. Creeks and streams were overflowing and roads remained flooded.

First responders hoped people followed the saying, turn around and don't drown.

Several roads in Skiatook disappeared under the water when half a foot of rain fell on northern Tulsa County. Despite the detours, drivers had to take when the roads flooded the rain was a welcomed sight.

Skiatook resident, Jackie Blalock, said, "I love it. I don't think it's a problem for me. I don't know about getting to town though, when it gets flooded you have to know your ways around the backroads to get in."

Blalock doesn't take any chances when roads in her neighborhood start to flood.

"I slow down as soon as I hit these, see the road where it's covered with water. I go really slow, course if it's past, way halfway past ,up to the wheel I just back out, turn around and find another route,” she said.

First responders urge people not to drive into standing water. Skiatook Fire Marshal Robert Nail said just because it stops raining, the potential for flash flooding isn't over.

"The water has already hit the ground; it's running down the ditches, it's going to cross roads," Nail said.

If it wasn't the heavy rains, it was the lightning that wouldn't let up for most of the day. A storage building at the Lakeview Southern Baptist Church caught fire after a lightning strike.

Deacon Jerry Magee said everything the church lost inside to the fire - like appliances and lawn equipment - can be replaced.

"I'm just thankful it was a storage shed rather than out buildings where the people are," he said.

The church's insurance company is working to get the shed fixed.

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