Deep Fork River Tops Out, Causes Hassle For Okmulgee County Rancher

Saturday, June 20th 2015, 9:57 pm
By: News On 6

Days after Tropical Depression Bill swept through Oklahoma, flood waters are still causing creeks and streams to rise.

The Deep Fork River in Okmulgee County reached crest this morning almost 10 feet above flood stage.

Landowners say they haven't seen the river that high in two decades.

“If it weren't for that dike it would get in the house," Roy Prater said.

The flooding is creating a headache for Prater and more than 90 head of cattle he owns. He says if the flooding gets worse, he might have to move the cattle up the road to drier land.

"It's supposed to crest today, so tomorrow it will make a difference here," he said.

Prater's stepdaughter remembers the last time flood waters got up to the home. She's hopeful it won't happen this time.

“It's a lot of work for him...[the cattle don't have] any grass to eat," Terri Henson said.

The Deep Fork River continues to make roads in Okmulgee impassable, but Okmulgee County Emergency Manager Tim Craighton hasn't received any reports of stranded residents or flooded homes.

“It didn't impact like we thought it was going to, we're in really good shape," Craighton said.

It could take several more days before the Deep Fork stops fully recedes flooding.