Flash Flood Warning Issued For Creek, Okmulgee Counties

Saturday, May 9th 2015, 9:06 am
By: Dee Duren

A flash flood watch continues for northeastern Oklahoma, and additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches likely through Sunday night with locally higher amounts possible, according to the National Weather Service. 

The NWS in Tulsa has issued a flash flood warning for Creek, Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties through 2 p.m.

Significant flash flooding is likely with widespread river flooding possible into early next week.

Another round of storms is expected to lift out of Texas and into eastern Oklahoma by mid morning and afternoon. Additional storms may develop along a cold front by late afternoon with storms sweeping across the region Sunday night.

The flash flood watch continues through Monday morning for many counties including Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Cherokee, Adair, Muskogee, McIntosh, Sequoyah, Pittsburg, Haskell, Latimer and LeFlore.

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A flash flood watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is possible within the watch area. Be ready for quick action if flash flooding is observed.

Thunderstorms brought massive amounts of rain along with them at the start of the weekend, leaving several Oklahoma counties under water. Some residents in Kiefer, Glenpool and Broken Arrow were turned back Friday night as water covered roadways and access into neighborhoods.

Remember: "Turn around, don't drown!"

On Saturday, EMSA responded to three dozen crashes. Paramedics transported 14 to hospitals, with five of those people in serious condition.

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By Saturday night, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported the following highway closures/re-openings due to high water:

  • Atoka County: SH-131 is closed 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.) Drivers should detour on US-70 to SH-77S at the east entrance of the park or use the I-35/SH-77S/Lodge Rd. interchange (Exit 24) southwest of the park.
  • Haskell County: SH-71 is closed four miles south of the SH-9 junction, north of Quinton.
  • Kiowa County: SH-54 is closed to through traffic between SH-9 and SH-19, south of Gotebo.
  • 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.
  • Okfuskee County: SH-56 is closed two miles north of the US-62 junction near Okemah.