Tropical Depression Bill Causes Destruction Across Oklahoma


Thursday, June 18th 2015, 10:35 pm
By: News On 6


The rains from Tropical Depression Bill have really made a mess across much of the state and the best way to see the scope of the damage is from above.

Southern Oklahoma is one of the hardest hit areas.

One area hit hard was along Highway 7, west of Davis where nearby barns are surrounded by floodwaters from the Washita River, which is out of its banks.

Part of the highway is underwater, so state troopers blocked off a portion of Highway 7.

The rushing water is extremely dangerous and it's going to be costly.

In one home, west of Davis water is inside.

The floodwaters also caused an oil storage tank to shift, leaking oil which collected near trees.

The high water is cutting off access to many homes other than by boat and more than 10,000 acres of farmland has been flooded and transportation to homes in the area could be cut off for days.

Despite the danger, people continue to drive in the high water.

At nearby Turner Falls, cabins and vehicles are underwater. One of the buildings at Turner Falls Park is damaged and a nearby road is washed out.

At Falls Creek, where about 500 kids from Tulsa were staying, creeks are swollen and the bus barn is flooded.

All around the area, trucks, cars and RVs are underwater.

A rockslide forced the closure of a portion of one of the state's busiest highways, northbound I-35 in the Arbuckle Mountains, due to rockslides.

It's causing a long backup as traffic is diverted.