Heavy Rain Causes Flooding In Muskogee County

Wednesday, May 16th 2018, 3:40 pm
By: News On 6

A spring storm dumped heavy rainfall on parts of northeastern Oklahoma and left road closures. News On 6 WARN team meteorologist Lacey Swope said a quick 2.5 to 4.5 inches fell Wednesday afternoon in the Fort Gibson and Muskogee areas.

State Highway 10 is closed about 1.5 miles east of Highway 62 near Fort Gibson in Muskogee County. 

Flood advisories are in effect for Muskogee, Adair, and Sequoyah Counties. Storm trackers Darren Stephens and Von Castor say several neighborhoods on the south side of Muskogee have had heavy rainfall.

An elderly couple had to be rescued when their car was over taken by rising flood waters as they tried to cross a low area along Highway 10, Stephens said.

The fire department and Emergency Management are blocking Poplin Avenue because of fast-moving water.

Muskogee Assistant Fire Chief John Tipton said that even though the water might be shallow, it's the speed that matters.

He said the fire department has had to do 14 water rescues across town. None of them were serious enough to bring out the boats, but firefighters are urging caution, saying if you're out driving, be careful because it doesn't take much to move a car.

Other road closures include Gulick Street on the east side of Grandview Estates on the south side of Muskogee is closed, as is Cherokee Drive.