Road Closures, Power Outages Reported In Eastern Oklahoma
Sunday, May 10th 2015, 10:51 am
By: Dee Duren
Severe storms are causing flash flooding and power outages in parts of central and eastern Oklahoma. Several roads and highways are becoming impassable due to heavy rains. Okmulgee County Emergency Manager Tim Craighton said heavy rains have forced the closure of a viaduct on Highway 16 near Beggs and a viaduct along Alternate 75 north of Beggs.
Many of the roads are rural and will not be included in this list.
On Sunday morning, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported the following highway closures/re-openings due to high water:
- Atoka County: SH-131 is OPEN five miles west of US-69, southwest of Kiowa.
- Bryan County: SH-70E is closed six miles south of the US-70 junction, south of Bennington.
- Carter County: SH-77S is closed one mile south of the US-70 junction (near the west entrance to Lake Murray State Park.)
- Coal County: US-75 is closed 10 miles north of SH-3, north of Coalgate.
- Haskell County: SH-71 is OPEN four miles south of the SH-9 junction, north of Quinton.
- Johnston County: US-377/SH-99 is closed to through traffic just south of Tishomingo. Traffic is detoured on SH-1/SH-22 through Ravia and US 177-SH199 to Madill.
- Kiowa County: SH-54 is closed to through traffic between SH-9 and SH-19, south of Gotebo.
- Latimer County: US-270 is closed between Panola nd Red Oak.
- Pittsburg County: SH-31 is closed three miles west of the US-270 junction near McAlester. SH-63 is closed just west of the US-270 junction near Haileyville. US-270/SH-1 is closed just west of the Indian Nation Turnpike near McAlester.
- Okfuskee County: SH-56 is closed two miles north of the US-62 junction near Okemah.
Total: 4,430 in various cities in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The largest number of outages are in Tishomingo (965) and Fort Smith, Arkansas (1,286).
Public Service of Oklahoma reports 1,748 customers are without power in Tulsa County.
Verdigris Valley reports 804 outages in the Sand Springs area.