Heavy Rains Flood Several Eastern Oklahoma Communities And Counties


Thursday, September 9th 2010, 7:52 am
By: News On 6


NewsOn6.com & Lacie Lowry, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Non-stop rain across much of eastern Oklahoma late Wednesday and early Thursday caused numerous flooding problems in Sequoyah, Haskell, McIntosh and Pittsburg counties.

As much as 8 inches of rain were reported across the region.

Flooding within the city limits of Sallisaw closed Sallisaw Public Schools for Thursday.

Tommie Spear Middle School got the worst of it.

"This is my sixth year, I guess, and this is the fourth time this has happened so this is what you get when you build a building in a flood zone I guess," said Greg Cast, Tommie Spear Middle School Principal.

Central Public Schools in Sequoyah County was also closed Thursday.

Several homes also have water damage. Just north of Sallisaw, a Marble City family got a rude awakening.

"I was, like, halfway asleep on the couch and I heard water running," Laura Choate said. "I looked in the kitchen and the floor was covered with water."

The Choate family immediately started cleaning up. They say they vacuumed up 100 gallons of water from inside their home.

In Haskell County, the city of Stigler also experienced flooding problems.  Stigler Schools bus routes ran two hours late Thursday.  City officials now say the water has receded and there are no reports of any damage.  

September 9 Flooding In Sallisaw

News On 6 WARN Team Meteorologist Alan Crone says the heaviest rain fell south and southeast of Tulsa.  The heavy rains ranged from north of McAlester through Canadian and Eufaula to Stigler and Vian.

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