Heavy Rains Flood Homes, Streets In Fort Gibson, Broken Arrow

Monday, May 26th 2014, 11:07 pm
By: News On 6

A town hall meeting is set for Tuesday evening in Fort Gibson after rain caused significant problems in the Green Country town Monday. It was one of several Northeastern Oklahoma towns that saw water levels climb in heavy rain.

The Muskogee County town of Warner also experienced flooding, causing the Red Cross to set up a shelter at Warner First Baptist Church.

People living on South Avenue in Fort Gibson said the waters from the creek rose well above the roadway, flooding about half a dozen homes.

Kyrsten Willey gave us a tour of her home hours after flood waters rushed through it. She said the water outside the house was up to the handles on her car door and well above her front steps.

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Willey, along with friends and family, pulled up rugs and tried to salvage what they could.

She just bought the house in November and claims the city and her real estate agent told her she would be safe from floods.

"They told me that my house was not in flood zone. They said that this area had flooded once before because the part of the creek way over there had gotten backed up, but they had widened it and was no longer a flood zone, that I didn't need insurance, so I didn't get it," Willey said.

There's a town hall set for Tuesday for residents to address the mayor.

The heavy rain also caused street flooding in some parts of Broken Arrow. It came down so heavily at times, water backed up on some streets near Elm and Greeley.

Some of the drainage is clogged, causing standing water. Until it all runs off, drivers are urged to be careful.

In Warner, residents of an apartment complex were affected by the flooding, and about seven families sought shelter at the First Baptist Church, according to the Eastern Oklahoma Region of the Red Cross.