Wagoner Residents Evacuated Due To Rising Flood Waters


Friday, May 29th 2015, 11:17 pm
By: News On 6


There was no escaping the rain Friday. It seemed there was standing water everywhere you looked.

Wagoner was the hardest hit area, leaving many parts of the town looking more like a lake as flood water rose about a foot-and-a-half Friday.

In one area, the fresh rain left four homes filled with water. The remaining residents had to be evacuated, and they're hoping there's not much more damage by the morning.

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J.D. Ellis and his soon to be father-in-law splashed around the flood water as they packed up a drum set and other sentimental belongings before flood water takes over his house.

“It was muddy and then the next thing you know you wake up and you see it in your yard and it accumulates more and more," Ellis said.

Friday night water was up to his front door and could seep inside by morning.

“If it does get inside we will have to rip up carpets, probably replace a lot of electrical wire and outlets and all that stuff. It's just gonna be a one step at a time,” Ellis said.

Some of his neighbors have it even worse, as water has been inside their homes for days. About half a dozen of his neighbors have evacuated so far.

Video from Osage SkyNews 6 HD shows cars have been stranded across the city, and even the Wagoner Public School bus barn started to take in water, but the worst of the damage is inside resident's homes.

“I feel for the families that have lost a lot, but they are resilient and will come back," Rick Boyne said.

Ellis said he'll be staying with friends until the water starts to go down.

"I have wonderful people who are wanting to help. God keeps me going, friends keep me going," he said.

Boyne pleaded, “Whoever is praying for rain, please stop.”

Crews will monitor the flood waters overnight. They've been putting stakes in the ground to keep a close eye on the water levels.

The water is expected to rise a few more inches overnight and more if it rains again.